X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

IBM Watson Supercomputer Learns to Curse, Resulting in Memory Wipe

by Shane McGlaun
Advertisement

We haven’t heard much out of IBM and its impressive Watson supercomputer in a while. Watson is the supercomputer that IBM fielded as a contestant on Jeopardy back in 2011. Despite the fact that Watson was able to perform impressively well on the game show, it’s still been unable to pass the Turing test designed to determine if a computer can think for itself.

ibm_watson_supercomputer

The Turing test says that a computer capable of carrying on a natural conversation without giving itself away can be considered intelligent. The problem for Watson is that human language has a lot of subtlety and is packed with slang. IBM research scientist Eric Brown decided to help Watson learn human slang by setting the machine free to ingest content from Urban Dictionary. You can see the beginnings of a problem about now.

As instructed, Watson gobbled up all of the material on Urban Dictionary. However, the supercomputer was unable to tell the difference between acceptable language and curses. According to the IBM scientists, Watson even use the word “bullshit” in response to a question posed to him by researcher. Apparently, the IBM researchers tried a filter to stop Watson from cursing but were ultimately forced to wipe all the content from Urban Dictionary from the supercomputers memory. I think they should have left it alone. I find the idea of a multi-million-dollar supercomputer cursing at scientists undeniably entertaining.

[via CNN]




Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

Comments (2):

  1. Shane says:

    victorian prudishness. such bullshit.

  2. Jen says:

    One thought comes to mind – terminator.

More from Awesomer Media...

theawesomer logo
We Happy Few (Trailer 2) Pokémon Snorlax Bean Bag Jeff Ross vs. Hot Wings Deal: Jumper Overnight Travel Bag 95octane logo
Final Aston Martin DB9 Cars Roll off Assembly Line The Best Sounding Cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Bristol Bullet Packs BMW V8 and Carbon Fiber Body Lamborghini CEO Says V12 Will Soldier on mightymega logo
Star Wars: Call of the Empire New Star Trek RPG Is Coming: Star Trek Adventures Quentin Tarantino’s Suicide Squad This Rancor Cosplay Is Simply Awesome
Advertisement