Tomorrow, the 2013 Ashes
series (England verses Australia) begins with the start of the first match at Trent Bridge (Nottingham). Though England and Australia have battled since 1861
, the Ashes
were first contested in 1882
. Australia lead England 31-30 in series
victories. England start as strong favorites with the bookmakers
. Glenn McGrath cautiously predicts a 2-1 Australia series win
, whilst Ian Botham predicts a 10-0 wipeout for England
over the two series. The 2013 Ashes will be streamed live to 53 countries
over YouTube. With Britain in the grip of unusual summer weather (sun
), much play is likely. [more inside]
Celebrate the 60th anniversary
of the discovery of DNA's structure with a pictorial story behind DNA's double helix
and the Rosalind Franklin
papers, including correspondences and lab notes
that detail some of her crystallography research, findings that laid the groundwork for Watson and Crick's later publication.
A whale of a tale. On Sunday, a jet-ski activist of Paul Watson's Sea Shepard gang (Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson Documentary
) was water-cannoned into the Antartic
by a Japanese scouter boat during filming of Whale Wars
. The ICR
presents a different side to Paul Watson as evidenced by their regular press releases
. Greenpeace believes
Paul Watson is an extremist.
No matter what you do, no matter where you go, Watson will find you.
It’s not simple, and there’s a lot of hand waiving involved, but an IBM researcher has published a guide to building your own "Watson Jr."
using only commodity hardware and open source software. [Previously 1
, and 5
After the first night, IBM's Watson
has only played a single round of Jeopardy
, and could be doing better
. Stephen Baker (who wrote the book on this
) and David Ferrucci (the project's chief scientist) analyze some of his mistakes
. After his career as a game show contestant is over, will Watson be up for a role on House
The Watson Artificial Intelligence system will take on Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in February (previously
). Here's a sneak preview
of a warm-up round between the contestants. [more inside]
Artificial Intelligence system has been discussed on MeFi before
. The Jeopardy AI will get a chance to prove its skills in early February when it squares off
against Jeopardy titans Ken Jennings
and Brad Rutter
for the prize of a million dollars.
Alex, I'll take "Kickass Text Analysis Algorithms" for a thousand, please. "Over the rest of the day [at IBM labs] Watson went on a tear, winning four of six games. It displayed remarkable facility with cultural trivia (“This action flick starring Roy Scheider in a high-tech police helicopter was also briefly a TV series” — “What is ‘Blue Thunder’?”), science (“The greyhound originated more than 5,000 years ago in this African country, where it was used to hunt gazelles” — “What is Egypt?”) and sophisticated wordplay (“Classic candy bar that’s a female Supreme Court justice” — “What is Baby Ruth Ginsburg?”)."
Next up, a live match up against human winners of Jeopardy
. But of course the real question is how good are you
? Can you beat Watson?
The Fore River Shipyard
was in service between 1886 and 1985, first under the management of the Fore River Ship and Engine Building Company, then Bethlehem Steel, and finally General Dynamics. She helped to close out the age of sail with the construction of the largest sailing vessel in history
without any kind of engine. Besides providing a substantial number of liberty ships, surface warships of various classes, and submarines during WWII, it may also be the source of the "Kilroy was here"
graffiti. [more inside]
: his warm and unprepossessing voice and rolling guitar stylings (both flatpicking and fingerpicking) are treasures of American music. The following video clips will be a treat for any Watson fan, but especially for guitar players: they feature closeup shots of Doc's left hand fretwork as well as insets of his right hand picking. So, without further ado: Deep River Blues
, Blue Railroad Train
, Black Mountain Rag
. [more inside]
Apple: Innovator & Oppressor of Independent Software:
As they once did with Karelia's Watson
software and, to a certain extent, Panic's Audion
, Apple has "borrowed" a concept from an independent, third-party developer without credit or compensation. It would seem that Steve Jobs is not as far removed from Bill Gates as he would like the Mac faithful to believe . . .
Stupidity should be cured, says DNA discoverer.
"People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great."
It's Elementary Watson
Apple is a big fat thief, and stealing fromthe third-party devleopers it claims to support no less. An Apple faithful, this ticks me off.
Apple stole the look, very features and functions of a shareware app called Watson and put it into Sherlock3.
Watson is the the very product Apple itself named a few months ago as the "Most Innovative Mac OS X Software". So, they know it exists and what it does, and instead off topping it, they took it. Pure and simple.
Did Apple pay for this? Did they buy them out? Did they even ask? Nope.
is the final word from Watson's developer. Man they sound mad. I know I am. If anyone can get the word out, MF can.