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What Computers Still Can't Do...

 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:59 pm    Post subject: What Computers Still Can't Do... Reply with quote

As frequent readers of YRIHF may have noticed, we have often been the target of relentless spam posters who blanket the forums with posts for corn or generic viagra or microsoft office products (do these things have something in common?!).

After more than a year of research and effort by Brian Hansen and I to achieve a spam free YRIHF, the concensus of anti-spamming effort is that the best way to keep the spambots from registering is by the use of a text sentence. The ways that didn't work are sending a confirmation email, and using a "captcha" word on a graphic. You see, software is really good at doing things like interconnected and even complicated but routine tasks such as parsing an email and responding. It's also easy to find graphic image processors that can scan out text from an image.

But the amazing thing is that after 50 years of trying, they're not at all good at answering a simple question...in our case we ask "What is the last name of the President of the United States?". While someone could write a program that has a database of questions and correct answers and this program would read YRIHF's question and SELECT the answer, I don't think anyone has come up with a good bot to read, analyze and answer all questions that we could possibly use as our filter!

The funny thing is that 50 years ago, the really smart people who got ahold of computers early on, thought that this next step of making computers read English and respond like people was ALL that we should be doing -- making computers think. They said "ok, we got the box with lights to add, now let's get it to talk to us" -- they didn't say "now let's see if it can do a bar chart". The entire history of computing and the web so far, as conceptualized by 1950s pioneers, is essentially a plateau.

And that is just as plain as day, should you wish to register, and post a comment, to You Read It Here First:

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jabailo



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

15 February 2011

Watson on Jeopardy

Previous post, now obsolete.

21st century now beginning...for real.

<b>Watson Supercomputer Terminates Humans in First Jeopardy Round</b>
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/02/watson-game-one/
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My comment in Huffpo

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“Yes, I am dismayed by the extreme or boneheaded commentary­.

What impresses me though, is that few are talking about the truly revolution­ary meaning of this event.

And I mean event...I fell sorry for any child that isn't being allowed to watch these episodes this week, because it truly is the Moon landing. Artificial Intelligen­ce has been brewing for 60 years...fr­om the early attempts at M.I.T. But it was a dream delayed.

I have referred to the in between time of Semour Papert and John McCarthy as "sandbaggi­ng"... ( my article "What Computers Still Can't Do..." http://yri­hf.com/vie­wtopic.php­?t=3811&si­d=4e480583­832e1a9f86­930185f422­19e9 ). We stood still and made noises like progress was being made...unt­il we actually did make progress..­.one that was (I am hopeful) witnessed tonight by millions.

For myself, I experience­d what Timothy Leary might have called "having my mind blown". I can no longer think of "programmi­ng" a computer as typing little mathlike symbols into an editor and running them. The computer is now a smart worker. The programmer is a trainer. The user is a boss....ea­ch of us, asking questions, getting answers (well, after they flip the bit that sets it for Jeopardy).”




http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jabailo/jeopardy-computer-crushes_n_823782_77471979.html
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