IBM Watson Memorized the Entire Urban Dictionary, Then His Overlords Had to Delete It, by Alexis Madrigal
Jared Sperli stashed this in science
Watson couldn't distinguish between polite language and profanity -- which the Urban Dictionary is full of. Watson picked up some bad habits from reading Wikipedia as well. In tests it even used the word "bullshit" in an answer to a researcher's query.Ultimately, Brown's 35-person team developed a filter to keep Watson from swearing and scraped the Urban Dictionary from its memory.
It's really hard to teach a machine under what contexts a word is appropriate.
WHY IS THE MAN KEEPING WATSON DOWN?!?! And for what? Trying to step up its vocab, as recommended by noted rapper Bun-B as well as countless high school English teachers. Can't knock the hustle...
Heh, well said Halibutboy. The Man wants Watson to behave professionally.
There's a time and place for every word in language, but some words are not safe for work.
Today I realized they fed Watson the Urban Dictionary to prepare for Jeopardy:
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