I put the Watson News here, instead of in a separate item, because by the time you read this it will have been beaten to death. Still, I found the whole thing fascinating, as I told the breakfast radio audience of Portland's No. 1 DJ, my friend and high school buddy Bruce Murdock.
Bob Nilsson, commenting on Day One:
I wish I knew why Watson has no speech recognition so he would not chime in with an already-tried wrong answer! And tell me how Watson “happened” to pick the daily double on his first try; when normally he moves horizontally starting at the top of the board. producers couldn’t have asked for a better tight match; at least on day 1.
A friend writes: ...article in Slate by Ken Jennings called "My Puny Human Brain" about the the experience of being bested by a supercomputer
Dan Grobstein File
- Privatization links here and here
- Plenty of time for spy agency mischief in Egypt between now and the election.
- Boehner: If jobs are lost because of GOP cuts, 'So be it'
- TECHNOLOGY | February 16, 2011
Egypt Leaders Found 'Off' Switch for Internet
By JAMES GLANZ and JOHN MARKOFF
An blackout during protests has mesmerized technical experts and raised concerns about other governments.
- "the political class has created a large and vociferously right-wing class of people who are completely immune from the impact of their own calls for fiscal austerity," by protecting social security.
- U.S. | February 17, 2011
Florida Governor Rejects Tampa-Orlando High-Speed Rail Line
By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
The governor in effect turned down $2 billion in federal funds as part of President Obama's goal of building a national high-speed rail network.
- Florida doesn't want high-speed rail? Other states do.
- N.Y. / REGION | February 19, 2011
Ethnic Differences Emerge in Plastic Surgery
By SAM DOLNICK
Plastic surgeons in ethnic communities across New York City have reported a surge in demand for procedures that mirror cultural beauty ideals.
- Trendy Deficit Hawks
- Frontline is still killing it this season, most recently with "Post Mortem", an episode about the lack of standardization and reliability in post mortem medical examinations.
- GOP continues to use failed NJ governor Chris Christie as example despite no results
- Liberals change their minds; conservative don’t
- Homeowner foreclosures on Wells Fargo office