Data Quality
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What’s up with Watson?: Responses to comments in Wall Street Journal

StephenBaker1 - February 6, 2011

The excerpt in the Wall Street Journal sparked some doubts and concerns among readers. I responded to a few, and figured I'd blog them here. Henry Grimmelsman…

Data Quality
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Watson’s Linguistic Struggles

StephenBaker1 - February 1, 2011

When you talk to experts in linguistics about teaching language to a computer, they stress all of the context that humans use to make sense of sentences.…

Business Intelligence
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Founder compares his Wolfram-Alpha to Watson

StephenBaker1 - January 26, 2011

Stephen Wolfram, founder of Mathematica computing software and the Wolfram-Alpha knowledge engine, takes a fascinating look at the future of search and knowledge--and where a computer like…

SmartData Collective Exclusive
562 views

Jeopardy champ blogs his sparring win over IBM’s Watson

StephenBaker1 - January 26, 2011

It's been a long year for Greg Lindsay. The two-time Jeopardy champ sparred last winter with IBM's Watson, and if the computer had been wearing pants at…

Business Intelligence
699 views

Turns out IBM’s Watson is Not a Supercomputer!

StephenBaker1 - January 24, 2011

Talking to a friend at IBM last night, I learned that Watson, technically speaking, is not a supercomputer. This was a bit disconcerting to me, since I…

Business Intelligence
831 views

Final Jeopardy in “updateable” e-book

StephenBaker1 - December 23, 2010

The e-book of Final Jeopardy can be pre-ordered, as of today, at Amazon and B...amp;N--but there's a wrinkle. The e-book that turns up on Jan. 26 will…

Inside Companies
692 views

Paying for BusinessWeek…one year later

StephenBaker1 - December 5, 2010

This quote by Tim O'Reilly is making the rounds on Twitter this morning: ...quot;If you aren't paying for the product, you are the product....quot; It makes sense…

Inside Companies
1016 views

Newsweek, Wikileaks, and cloud computing

StephenBaker1 - December 4, 2010

Anyone interested in press freedom should take a read of Joseph Galarneau's essay about Wikileaks and cloud computing. (ex Jay Rosen) Galarneau is the chief operating officer…

Predictive Analytics
743 views

Probability and Karl Rove

StephenBaker1 - November 18, 2010

I was getting ready to drive to the airport in Los Angeles his morning when I got an unusual cell-phone message from my son. He was in…

Uncategorized
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Privacy regulations: fear, loathing and AOL

StephenBaker1 - November 10, 2010

My timing was off. I marketed my book on data, the Numerati, when the world economy was collapsing. I should have picked now, when the government appears…