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“Google Schools Its Algorithm”

UW CSE’s Oren Etzioni is quoted in this New York Times article:

“But parsing and categorizing language, with its ambiguity and subtlety, remains a formidable hurdle for computers.  So the challenge facing Watson was far greater than the one I.B.M. overcame in 1997 with its Deep Blue chess-playing computer, which beat the world champion Garry Kasparov.

“‘It’s a lot more difficult for a computer to understand language at the level of an 8-year-old than to beat a grandmaster at chess,’ observed Oren Etzioni, a computer scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle.”

Read the article here.

March 6, 2011