How Human Brains Outwit Supercomputers

IBM's supercomputer may have defeated the Jeopardy! champs, but with talents such as bluffing, lying, and intuition, humans trounce computers in many other matchups. 

Last year the machines finally beat us at our own game. IBM’s megacomputer, Watson, creamed the hominid competition at the quirky, punny, idiosyncratic Jeopardy! This contest, calling on such skills as language, grammar, and wordplay, is among the most human of games—much more so than the mathematical system of chess, which IBM’s Deep Blue mastered in the 1990s. Does that make Jeopardy! a machine’s greatest gaming challenge? Not quite, says ai (artificial intelligence) re...

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