The Importance To Be Connected

 
When Watson was going to be playing live contestants, it could not be connected to the Internet. Therefore, the IBM team had to really have a very broad search on their data sources, and then be able to assess the different probabilities for the different answers and create a confidence score that would tell them how much confidence Watson had in the answer.

The importance to be connected, exposed in an interview titled Behind IBM's High-Risk Decision to Put Watson on 'Jeopardy' with  Professor Shih.

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