January 7, 2015
Answer: A high-stakes contest pitting a University of Toronto team against U.S. heavyweights, featuring a super computer whose fictional counterpart’s name is often mistakenly associated with “elementary.”
Question: What is the 2015 IBM Watson Challenge?
Actually, Sherlock Holmes never uttered the phrase “Elementary, dear Watson” in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, a fact IBM’s “Watson” would surely have noted had the matter come up when the cognitive computer won Jeopardy, a TV quiz show where answers must be phrased as questions.
As a legal sleuth, computer Watson also has few equals, an ability the U of T team aims to ride to victory when they test their technology and business savvy against students from the likes of MIT and Stanford University at the competition Jan. 9 in New York at IBM’s headquarters for Watson.
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