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The Big Idea for Tuesday, July 02, 2013

"What's so special about IBM's one-of-a-kind, multi-refrigerator-sized monstrosity that cost tens of millions of dollars to build?" Eric Siegel asks in today's lesson, when, after all, we can all carry Siri around with us?

As Siegel explains, Siri’s underlying technology is designed "to solve a different, simpler variant of the human language problem" than Watson, the "glowing example of the heights achievable by predictive analytics."



  1. 1 Chatting with your Computer: How the iPhone's Siri Compares with IBM'S Watson
    Eric Siegel Experts' Corner
  2. 2 You Are So Predictable: The Explosion of Predictive Analytics
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  3. 3 Siri, You Can Drive My Car
    Eric Siegel In Their Own Words
  4. 4 Three Reasons to Reverse-Engineer the Brain
    Ray Kurzweil In Their Own Words

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