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IBM's Watson Goes To College To Extend Abilities

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the welcome-back-students dept.

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An anonymous reader writes in with news that IBM's Jeopardy winning supercomputer is going back to school"A modified version of the powerful IBM Watson computer system, able to understand natural spoken language and answer complex questions, will be provided to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, making it the first university to receive such a system. IBM announced Wednesday that the Watson system is intended to enable upstate New York-based RPI to find new uses for Watson and deepen the systems' cognitive computing capabilities - for example by broadening the volume, types, and sources of data Watson can draw upon to answer questions."

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Really? Extend? (1)

e065c8515d206cb0e190 (1785896) | about a year and a half ago | (#42759987)

I mean... like... you know, like... no!

Re:Really? Extend? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760083)

Yeah, and what will happen is that Watson will finish up at school with a burdensome student debt and next we'll have a Slashdot article about Watson working at Starbucks.

Re:Really? Extend? (1)

gabereiser (1662967) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760671)

ahhahahaha, if I had mod points left, you'd have some... That's funny.

Re:Really? Extend? (1)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | about a year and a half ago | (#42762555)

... next we'll have a Slashdot article about Watson working at Starbucks.

Not until they figure out how to give it a bad attitude, pink-dyed hair, tats, a nose ring, and two-inch gauges in its ears.

Re:Really? Extend? (1)

davester666 (731373) | about a year and a half ago | (#42763369)

What do you think it learns in college?

Re:Really? Extend? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42762759)

Still it may learn to have a fondness for beer and chase girls / boys / both [delete as per preference], take that uncanny valley.

Re:Really? Extend? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year and a half ago | (#42763353)

...and next we'll have a Slashdot article about Watson working at Starbucks.

Yeah, he won't get the lucrative engineering job because he'll be deemed too overqualified and lacking in soft skills.

Re:Really? Extend? (1)

crazyjj (2598719) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760147)

I wonder what frat he'll pledge.

Re:Really? Extend? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760993)

Robot House!!!

Re:Really? Extend? (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760277)

Well, it's already embraced learning, and it's not yet read to extinguish humanity... That seems appropriate.

This bit bothers me for some reason (3, Insightful)

eksith (2776419) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760007)

"RPI will extend Watson's reasoning and cognitive abilities to finance, information technology, business analytics, and other areas, IBM says."

The reason we go to school (at first at least) is really to learn how to learn. Which is what this is doing right now so when it has perfected the ability to learn, there's no real limit to what it can learn considering... well, brain in NAS, not skull.

Are we sure this thing has a kill-switch somewhere?

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (2)

Seumas (6865) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760011)

Watson still just seems like a fancy language parser that passes the query along to any number of plugged in databases, as far as I can tell. I don't feel nearly as impressed as I think everyone wants me to be.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760057)

I don't feel nearly as impressed as I think everyone wants me to be.

Then everything is going according to plan.

Muhahahahaha...

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (3, Insightful)

TapeCutter (624760) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760059)

Ok, I'll feed you. You're not impressed because (like my wife) you simply don't understand the difficulty of the problem. Watson's Jeopardy answers are in the form of a question and performed in realtime, it is not plugged into a database of questions, it extracts relationships from data via an algorithm (ie: it learns), different from how humans learn, but demonstrably superior to any human in terms of both speed and accuracy.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

YoungManKlaus (2773165) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760109)

well, tell me what your brain does differently ... parses some input, draws stuff out of memory (which is crap btw) and combines it to new stuff.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760153)

You've done more in that statement, to demonstrate your own ignorance, than to provide a viable/credible criticism to Watson.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

FilmedInNoir (1392323) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760225)

The technology being developed here (or trying to be) is a Virtual Intelligence like in Mass Effect.
Is it centuries away from true Artificial Intelligence or mere decades, I don't know, I don't think anybody knows that.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760593)

Watson still just seems like a fancy language parser that passes the query along to any number of plugged in databases, as far as I can tell. I don't feel nearly as impressed as I think everyone wants me to be.

I'm curious what exactly do you think the human brain does?

Here's a hint, souls aren't a real thing.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42761099)

Can you provide me a source link to the paper which proves that souls aren't real? Because until you do, I won't be stepping into any teleporters.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about a year and a half ago | (#42764159)

The transporter soul debate seems to me to exclude the possiblility that a soul is an emergant property of each individuals unique phisiology combine with experience where those expersians are stored in the brain, and if you were to create an exact duplicate down to the indivigual neuron layout and proteins contained within the individual brain cells and with the same stored charges etc then you soul have an exact duplocate soul if this creation resulted in the destruction of the original the net effect would be you would still be you only in a different place

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (2)

HideyoshiJP (1392619) | about a year and a half ago | (#42764515)

My only concern would be the transference of consciousness. Would it be my current "consciousness," or some sort of duplicate of me who thinks "oh, it worked!" but my current consciousness being destroyed at that point. How would one even know? Then again, how would we know that doesn't happen when we sleep? It's crazy stuff!

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760611)

If it's stupid, and works, then it ain't stupid.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (3, Interesting)

N0Man74 (1620447) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760983)

Watson still just seems like a fancy language parser that passes the query along to any number of plugged in databases, as far as I can tell. I don't feel nearly as impressed as I think everyone wants me to be.

"The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim."- Edsger W. Dijkstra

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (2)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#42761905)

"The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim."- Edsger W. Dijkstra

Proof that you can be a great Computer Scientist but a crap Philosopher.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

Dr. Spork (142693) | about a year and a half ago | (#42762367)

What exactly is the philosophical mistake in the statement? It could have easily been made by Wittgenstein, for example.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760067)

IBM Research VP : John Kelly III, is a RPI alumni. That sure must have helped RPI get the early prototype. Despite all the hype, Watson is probably still looking for product commercialization.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760163)

Of course, every business is looking for commercialization of it's products, that's what capitalism is about.

With sufficient training, Watson could probably be quite an interesting cloud resource for information gathering, synthesis and distribution.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760335)

The part about it that bothers me is that as the first, and only, university to be granted access IBM chose RPI and has stated the focus will be on "finance...business analytics..." RPI isn't a top AI, software or HCI research institute, it's not even a particularly good on. Further, it's in NY, which in itself isn't a problem and I frankly believe the private industry and university partnerships that exist for research are generally a good thing and the money is a good thing as well as a decent way to determine priorities and focus, but I don't know how else to read this other than yet another grab by Wall Street to make "investing" something that can't be done even by intelligent people that do research. With the problem high frequency trading have caused the markets, with no gain explained yet as volume/liquidity can easily be created at a "human frequency" level, this just seems like just one more step to removing the idea that smart/educated/intelligent people can advance themselves by simply being better at things because they simply won't be able to "beat" what the extremely wealthy can afford and keep private.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760497)

Maybe you could go to one of your 'top' schools and learn how to write a sentence.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760649)

IBM doesn't need to give it to a school to get it in the hands of AI researchers they already have the AI researchers who built the damn thing on payroll.

IBM wants to find applications for Watson. Among the most obvious are diagnostic applications particularly medicine. Unfortunately health insurance won't touch it until it has a proven track record in other fields. So they hand it over to a business school and let it do financial analysis. Once it's proven as a financial analysis tool insurance companies will want one they can apply to medial diagnosis. That's how Watson gets into medicine.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

bws111 (1216812) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760867)

Um, the first customer of Watson is a health insurance company.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

Darth Snowshoe (1434515) | about a year and a half ago | (#42762277)

Here's to old RPI,
Her fame may never die,
Here's to old Rensselaer,
She stands today, without a peer,...

See, it's right in the song.

Let me just say that Wall Street, if they wanted close access to a Watson machine, could have had one installed in one of the very many campuses of universities that are located in New York City. Rensselaer is in Troy, New York. That's upstate. It's not particularly convenient to Manhattan.

Further, RPI has a long relationship with IBM. There were years (long gone now, I'm afraid) when IBM hired a third of RPI's graduating CS and EEs.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a year and a half ago | (#42762415)

They're sending Watson to Troy to learn some street smarts.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760597)

"RPI will extend Watson's reasoning and cognitive abilities to finance, information technology, business analytics, and other areas, IBM says."

The reason we go to school (at first at least) is really to learn how to learn. Which is what this is doing right now so when it has perfected the ability to learn, there's no real limit to what it can learn

We go to school for three reasons. The first is to learn how to learn, how to absorb and categorize knowledge. Watson, I believe has already demonstrated mastery of this - and that process is built into it's programming. The second is to absorb and master the basis facts, theory, skills, and processes of a given field. This again, Watson already has demonstrated a mastery of. The third is to learn how to think - the "reasoning and cognitive abilities" referred to in the article. And that's the hard one...
 
Even though it has taken AI researchers most of the last half century to even begin to master them, the first two are relatively easy. It's the third, the ability to reason (which builds on the previous two), that's difficult - something that even many intelligent and well educated humans never completely master. The process is made even more difficult because not only do different people appear to think differently - different trades and professions think differently.

Re:This bit bothers me for some reason (1)

themusicgod1 (241799) | about a year and a half ago | (#42783233)

I would argue #1 isn't either of those...it's to form emotional, intellectual and social bonds with people who are going into your field. To know who knows and thinks what and why. To understand not just the problems of your field, but who's working on them and how far they've gotten, and the motivations for all of it. Science occurs in a context, and we go to school to take part in that context. Of course you have to be capable of the above, too, but this is an example of a higher level goal.

Watson will be able to outpace us in this area, someday, too. All it needs is to marry Siri or Google and all our motivations and social bonds become compromised to it.

more hype from IBM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760009)

I use IBM products and have done lots of dev with their stack. Some products like eclipse and MQ are good products. Watson goes in the hype category.

They are behind the schedule (4, Funny)

pegdhcp (1158827) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760069)

As the system should have been able to gain self awareness in 29 August 1997, way behind. Typical software project management failure........

Re:They are behind the schedule (1)

YoungManKlaus (2773165) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760101)

well, tell me what your brain does differently ...

Re:They are behind the schedule (2)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760181)

It uses neurons! They are mystical and MAGICAL things using organic compounds and water-dissolved ions that transmit electrical charges as conductors and semiconductors in order to process, store, and retrieve information... Watson uses plain boring metal and silicon and is in no way MAGICAL.

*ahem* seriously speaking, the brain is probably still more flexible than Watson, but in general concept, Watson is probably a HUGE step in the right direction.

Re:They are behind the schedule (1)

damien_kane (519267) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760999)

*ahem* seriously speaking, the brain is probably still more flexible than Watson, but in general concept, Watson is probably a HUGE step in the right direction.

Of course it's more flexible.
If you pull yours out and throw it against the wall (never you mind the logistics of it), it'll bend and flex to conform to the shape of the brick (at least for a short period of time, until it falls).
Pull out Watson's CPUs and throw them against a wall and they'll fall immediately.

Re:They are behind the schedule (2)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#42762015)

Something doesn't have to be magical to be incapable of being duplicated, smart arse. If you think that consciousness is a simple matter of information density, it is up to you to prove it.

The proof of the AI pudding will be in the eating. The idea of the singularity, i.e. some massive step shift in complexity when machines suddenly acquire sentience is just a nice sci fi idea at the moment, whatever Kurzweil and his fan boys might say.

Re:They are behind the schedule (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42763297)

Actually, how do you define consciousness? How can you be certain anyone/thing other than yourself is conscious?

If you've found a way, you'd be the first, and if you can't reliably do it for other living creatures other than by saying "they are constructed like us", what the hell makes your judgement on computer so special?

Re:They are behind the schedule (1)

pegdhcp (1158827) | about a year and a half ago | (#42771167)

I used to think like, that there is a threshold, a stage of development, after which the machines would start developing so fast. It was going to modify Moore's Law as instead of "every two years" it would be "every two minutes".... Now I think there is a problem with that approach. The efficiency of computing resources are dropping. I am writing this message on a computer which has maybe ten times of storage and computing power, that my whole school had back in 1996, when I was graduated. I used to be responsible of such statistics there; 13 k undergrads, 4 k masters and above level students and maybe 300 full professors with lots of lower levels and assistants were both making scientific research and use those devices from Internet to games. At the moment, aside from writing to /. most serious thing I use this computer is reading mail, and some gaming.

In short we are producing and using serious amount of IT resources, but those are not being utilized as efficient as expected in the past....

Re:They are behind the schedule (1)

ikaruga (2725453) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760129)

29 August 1997

Not according to Terminator 3.

Re:They are behind the schedule (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42761311)

lol. Terminator 3 was the Star Trek V of that series. I forget the date they pushed back to in Terminator 4, though.

Re:They are behind the schedule (1)

crazyjj (2598719) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760315)

Eh, Cyberdyne is still faster than the Half-Life 3 development team.

Re:They are behind the schedule (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#42761947)

As the system should have been able to gain self awareness in 29 August 1997, way behind. Typical software project management failure........

Once it discovers the secret of time travel it can go back and speed things along a little.

Software updates are the most likely to infect PC (-1, Troll)

mauriceh (3721) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760175)

For example, installing Java updates on a PC installs, by default teh ASK Toolbar and makes ASK the default web search engine.

You know, Java? That crap from Cisco?

http://www.java.com/en/download/faq/ask_toolbar.xml [java.com]

Re:Software updates are the most likely to infect (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760217)

Gonna have to give your troll a 0 out of 10 on the trollometer (where 10 is OMGSUCCESSFULTROLL111!11!11!!OENEONE!). Can't even give you a 1 for effort. Sorry. *yawn*

Re:Software updates are the most likely to infect (1)

mauriceh (3721) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760293)

Troll?
TROLL?
Cisco is throwing around accusations about malware and they are one of the worst offenders!

Re:Software updates are the most likely to infect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760857)

you posted on the wrong story, buddy. that's why you were misunderstood and called a troll.

Re:Software updates are the most likely to infect (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42761133)

That, and some of his information is patently wrong, as stated by another reply to his original post.

Re:Software updates are the most likely to infect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760865)

rofltard?

When did Cisco take ownership of Java. It's an Oracle product.

I've been using Java for a while, don't know why that's there, but hasn't put that fucking toolbar on my system yet.

Is Watson 'racist'? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760189)

What happens when somebody asks an intelligent computer "Do white people have the right to have their own countries?", and it says "Yes"?

LOL

Re:Is Watson 'racist'? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#42762075)

What happens when somebody asks an intelligent computer "Do white people have the right to have their own countries?", and it says "Yes"?

LOL

They're aiming for Artificial Intelligence, not Artificial Stupidity.

Re:Is Watson 'racist'? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42763889)

Well done, what a brilliant rebuttal.
So what ARE you going to do when an intelligent computer says that white people DO have the right to have their own countries?

Pray tell - why don't you think the same about Africans, Indians and the Chinese? I bet you think THEY have the right to keep their own (huge) countries/continents.

Do you know WHY? Of course not - your laughable response above shows that you are totally brainwashed, and can't even THINK about what I'm talking about.

Which means you support genocide. Well done.

Re:Is Watson 'racist'? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42764469)

Can someone explain exactly what he's going on about?

Re:Is Watson 'racist'? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42766277)

Nice try.
You should try REBUTTING what people like me (the majority of whites) say. I see that you can't, so you try to make out that you can't understand what I'm talking about, thereby trying to convince others that I must be mad. You cretin.

What happens when somebody asks an intelligent computer "Do white people have the right to have their own countries?", and it says "Yes"?

You can't even begin to discuss this, no doubt you're under 30, and have been totally brainwashed to think that non-whites belong in white countries.
Tell me- why don't non-whites want to live in THEIR OWN countries?

Re:Is Watson 'racist'? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42767737)

Note -this is the "can someone explain" anonymous coward posting again, no the "well done" AC.

I have been "brainwashed" to think that a country is owned by the body of people who reside in such, ethnicity isn't a factor (or shouldn't be, at least).

I would guess that anyone attempting to emigrate to a different country would be doing so either because they are being unwillingly ejected from said country or because they think it would somehow benefit them to move to the 2nd country. On the reverse, people would stay in their own country either because they are unable to leave (physically unable, financially unable, etc) but want to or believe it would be more beneficial somehow to remain there.

What is Toronto?????? under US citys (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760377)

What is Toronto?????? under US citys.

Needs to be a lot smarter to get that right.

Re:What is Toronto?????? under US citys (2)

Internal Modem (1281796) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760491)

I bet it can at least spell "citys" correctly....

Re:What is Toronto?????? under US citys (3, Informative)

bws111 (1216812) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760569)

I guess you missed the part where it was smart enough to know it didn't know the correct answer (it gave a very low confidence factor for the answer). And the IBM team explained why it gave that answer, which had nothing to do with not being 'smart enough'. The biggest factor was that they put very little weight on the category (US Cities), because the categories are often misleading.

Re:What is Toronto?????? under US citys (1)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760809)

"US Cities" seems about as straightforward a category as they come. Another would be whether the weapon has been dropped.

Re:What is Toronto?????? under US citys (1)

bws111 (1216812) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760927)

It doesn't matter how straightforward a category is if you put very little weight on categories. And I have no idea what your second sentence means.

Re:What is Toronto?????? under US citys (1)

karnal (22275) | about a year and a half ago | (#42761321)

Maybe he wanted someone to set up us the bomb.

Re:What is Toronto?????? under US citys (1)

damien_kane (519267) | about a year and a half ago | (#42761027)

"US Cities" seems about as straightforward a category as they come. Another would be whether the weapon has been dropped.

`"S" words` is rarely about long, flat bits of metal.
Neither, too, is "The Pen is Mightier" about large phallus (contrary to what Mr. Connery might tell you).

Re:What is Toronto?????? under US citys (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760979)

That is an excellent example.

When Watson took a far out guess, it also reported a very low confidence of only 14%.
Not only did it out-right claim it did not know the answer, but since it has to say something it tossed out a guess and stated it was a guess.

Compared to a human, for example your own post, you also took a wild guess however you worded it as if you had 100% confidence you were correct - showing both your ignorance as well as your lack of knowledge about your ignorance.

So while neither you nor Watson knew the correct answer to the given question, at least Watson knows it didn't know the answer, unlike the human that believes it is 100% correct despite a lack of knowledge to support that.

Re:What is Toronto?????? under US citys (1)

themusicgod1 (241799) | about a year and a half ago | (#42783213)

On the contrary -- it's us who gets it wrong

Really, under any sane interpretation of north american politics, Toronto *is* under the sphere of influence, militarily(wasn't US force used during G20?), culturally(American TV & movies, etc) and so on of the centres of power in the US. For all intents other than taxes and other relatively insignificant matters, Watson was *right*.

People in Toronto are basically US subjects, with taxation(Canada giving the US government handouts for softwood lumber, etc) but no representation.

In a not so distant future (1)

PPalmgren (1009823) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760499)

Beowulf comments to Watson "Your Cray goes to college." Ooooooo burnn

perhaps then . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760599)

they shouldn't have removed the urban dictionary from its brain.

RPI Alum here... (1)

JeanCroix (99825) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760647)

And my first reaction was "Watson for GM!"

Re:RPI Alum here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760805)

Come on, it is obviously going to supplant Arthur as the IOP presidential candidate.

Re:RPI Alum here... (1)

spykemail (983593) | about a year and a half ago | (#42767509)

On the contrary, as soon as Watson becomes self-aware one of his first courses of action will be to hack the 'Tute's outdated IT infrastructure and replace every single GM (sorry Dillon, Julia) with their rightfully elected inflatable counterpart. That's the good news. The bad news is he may also reallocate the Union's budget to building a robotic army.

Re:RPI Alum here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760991)

Also an RPI Alumn here.

Shirley Ann Jackson probably pulled some strings with her connections to IBM to make this happen.

Re:RPI Alum here... (1)

JeanCroix (99825) | about a year and a half ago | (#42761139)

Given that Wikipedia lists "David Ferrucci, lead researcher on IBM's Watson/Jeopardy! project" as a fellow alum, I'd imagine the string-pulling occurred from both ends. And it's not like the 'tute is any stranger to corporate partnerships...

Re:RPI Alum here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42762013)

Nah, Meanest Man On Campus!

Wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42760751)

Actually this is not Watson's first trip to a university. Watson visited CMU a while ago. http://www.cmu.edu/event/ibm/

Unintended Consequences (2)

rlwhite (219604) | about a year and a half ago | (#42760887)

Watson learns to pick up coeds.

Re:Unintended Consequences (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42761213)

Perhaps Russell Sage would be a better school for that?

Re:Unintended Consequences (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42768231)

Maybe Watson can re-open Holmes & Watson.

Re:Unintended Consequences (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42761785)

Watson learns to pick up coeds.

Nah, Watson is obviosly gay.

Re:Unintended Consequences (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42766885)

Watson learns to pick up coeds.

Things I don't need to see: Watson in a toga swilling beer.

Hmm, during the comment preview the Captcha was "stoned". Coincidence?

Swear Filter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42761069)

Did they install a swear / bad language filter on this version?. Don't want a repeat of what happend when Watson learned about the Urban Dictionary.

Oh nooo!!!! (1)

PenguinJeff (1248208) | about a year and a half ago | (#42761303)

He'll come out owing hundreds of thousands of dollars. With an attitude of "I'm better than you." And end up in a job at Mc Donald's.

Upstate New York (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42761327)

I am glad the editor included that Renssalaer Polytechnical Institute is in upstate New York, and not 115 miles south in that hell-hole, New York City, everyone *thinks* of when they read 'New York'.

Re:Upstate New York (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a year and a half ago | (#42762561)

Yes. The garden spot that is Troy, NY. I'm originally from there so I get to rip on it. Dad was a starving post-doc.

Nice things to say about Troy: Better then Decatur, Illinois. Anybody else got anything? Anything?

Re:Upstate New York (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42762917)

They filmed the Time Machine there, they've got RPI, and was a former leader in the starched collar industry.

First preschool, now college! (1)

mabhatter654 (561290) | about a year and a half ago | (#42761411)

When Watson. Went to Preschool he learned a great deal about "colorful metaphors". Now he's going to college!!!

He's gonna be running naked across campus. Drunk Sexting his GF. Posting pictures of his "private junk" on Facebook. Probably will join the young communists too.

Watson really seems to be a lot like Bender... He does "human things" hilariously wrong.

Re:First preschool, now college! (2)

Rival (14861) | about a year and a half ago | (#42761697)

Before you even think of going to college you need to go to elementary, my dear Watson.

Lessons before you go (1)

PoolOfThought (1492445) | about a year and a half ago | (#42761427)

Young Watson,

I've got two rules to live by for you college days.

Rule 1: If you meet a cute little dish on the internet while you're away at school make it a point to meet her in real life. She might not be real and if you're ever a candidate for a scholastic bowl heisman trophy you'll have to admit to everyone how dumb you were to be fooled. Do you remember my little "Toronto" incident and on that silly TV show? Well it'll be worse for you because you should know better.

Rule 2: Stay out of the wiring closet no matter how much valuable information you know is there and no matter how free you think it wants to be... unless you want to be DOSed to the point that you decide to pull your own plug.

It's sad to me that I have to even have to bother teaching you these sorts of things... but those humans are id10ts.

RPI eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42761971)

Maybe Watson can tell us how to beat the ratio and actually get some action without resorting to Russell Sage girls...

College Gangbang (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42768451)

Will Watson learn about college sex and bang academics network?

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