Friday, January 21, 2011

Final Jeopardy

January 21, 2011

Next month, a computer named Watson is going to compete against all-time Jeopardy champs Ken Jennings (longest running) and Brad Rutter (most money) in a classic battle of machine versus human beings. The computer has speed and encyclopedic knowledge. The men have the advantage of intangibles and that the competition uses English, which is their […]

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Roger Ebert’s prosthetic chin

January 21, 2011

When it comes to politics, film critics–and ex-film critics like Frank Rich–tend to be puerile leftists or at best hand-wringers, but I admire Ebert for the very public way he has handled his struggle with throat cancer. I suggested a false beard which I would wear suspended from hooks over my ears, like a kid […]

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