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Submission + - IBM's Watson Gets A 'Swear Filter' After Learning The Urban Dictionary ( 1

redletterdave writes: "IBM's super-computer Watson briefly went from "smart" to "smart ass" with the help of the Urban Dictionary. According to Eric Brown, an IBM research assistant, he and his 35-person team wanted to get Watson to sound more like a real human. After teaching IBM's super-computer the entire Urban Dictionary, however, Watson simply couldn't distinguish polite discourse from profanity. Watson unfortunately learned all of the Urban Dictionary's bad habits, including throwing in overly-crass language at random points in its responses; in answering one question, Watson even reportedly used the word "bullshit" within an answer to one researcher's question. In the end, Brown and his team were forced to remove the Urban Dictionary from Watson's vocabulary, and additionally developed a smart filter to keep Watson from swearing in the future."
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IBM's Watson Gets A 'Swear Filter' After Learning The Urban Dictionary

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  • Why I'm learning to add profanity to my language repertoire right here on /. !!! Instead of enrolling Watson in medical school, as they originally planned, IBM should have rolled out a /. IDentity for watson and made it suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous commentary and feedback here on /.
    When I started here, when I was so much younger four months ago, I had nary a swear word in my comments. A few weeks later, I let a euphemism fly and was met with retorts of "we're not children here, you can

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