Latest EECS News
- Instructor: Prof. Bryan Pardo
- Monday (10/14/2013): [slides] artificial intelligence (AI), turing test, Watson
- Wednesday (10/16/2013): [slides] machine learning, classification, spam filtering
- Why is Watson a big step for AI?
- What difficult computational problems had to be solved to make Watson good at Jeopardy?
- Besides playing game shows, what might the Watson technology be opening the door for?
- What is the Turing test? (According to Christian? According to Turing?)
- Why is it good that computers cannot today pass the Turing test?
- Which of Turing's predictions from 1950 have come true? Which have not?
- Why does Turing go into such specifics on what a computer is?
- Is it true that computers can only do what they are programmed to do? (Compare to "Lady Lovelace's Objection".)
- What is the importance of universality in Turing's argument?
- What are other good applications for machine learning besides email spam detection and filtering?
- What is the difference between false-positives and false-negatives? Which is more important in email spam filtering?
- What are the basic ingredients of a machine learning application?
Reading and Media
Articles can be obtained individually from their sources below.Monday:
- John Markoff, Computer Wins on ‘Jeopardy!’: Trivial, It’s Not, New York Times, February 2011.
- Brian Christian, A Barrage of Turing Tests: Daily Life in the 21st Century, The Atlantic, June 2012.
- (SKIM) Alan Turing, Computing Machinery and Intelligence, Mind, October 1950.
- (SKIM) Mehran Sahami et al., A Bayesian Approach to Filtering Junk E-Mail, AAAI Workshop on Learning for Text Categorization, July 1998.