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Talk the Talk: Watson

Tuesday 18th January / presented by Daniel Midgley

Last week, a computer system named Watson bested two human champions in a practice round of the trivia game Jeopardy!

Computers have beaten humans in chess before, but question answering is even more difficult because it involves the use of natural language. How can a computer figure out the meaning of a question, and pull the right answer out of a knowlege database?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley might have the right answer on this week's Talk the Talk.

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