Watson: A Case Study in Artificial Intelligence


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Stephen Hawking has been quoted as stating: "Success in creating artificial intelligence would be the biggest event in human history; however it may be the last unless we learn to avoid the risks." This presentation outlines the development of Watson, an IBM supercomputer that defeated trivia champions in a 2011 machine versus humans showdown on the game show "Jeopardy". The artificial intelligence demonstrated in this feat has now been enhanced to create potentially beneficial new approaches in a range of activities including cooking, air travel safety, finance and health care.

Current examples of machine learning technology will be highlighted as well as possible future applications that will fundamentally impact our lives. There will be opportunities to share views on Hawking's opinions and discuss the fundamental question: can we maintain control of artificial intelligence advancements while ensuring net benefits to humanity?

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