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IBM's Watson Memorizes Urban Dictionary... and Now Needs a Swear Filter

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Watson acquired a bit of a foul mouth after absorbing the contents of Urban Dictionary.

IBM's Watson wowed the world when it bested Ken Jennings at Jeopardy! and then again when it proved capable of helping doctors diagnosing patients. Now, Watson can awe the world with its in depth knowledge of curse words.

What brought on Watson's foul mouth? Apparently, IBM research scientist Eric Brown wanted to make Watson sound a little more human and introduced the supercomputer to Urban Dictionary in an attempt to do so. Unfortunately, while Watson learned plenty of human slang from the site, it also picked up Urban Dictionary's jungle of sexual slang and swear words. The supercomputer, unable to distinguish polite from impolite conversation, began to use profanity in conversation.

To tone Watson's language back down to PG-13, Brown and his team were forced to purge Urban Dictionary from Watson's vocabulary and set down a filter to prevent the supercomputer from cussing.

For now, Brown will continue training Watson for patient diagnosis in hospitals. Thankfully, Watson won't be delivering his diagnosis to patients with the added help of Urban Dictionary.


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    Warsaw , January 13, 2013 6:13 PM
    Hah, and if only there was a video of it....
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    memadmax , January 13, 2013 6:08 PM
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    NightLight , January 13, 2013 6:31 PM
    "chill out dickwad!"
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    memadmax , January 13, 2013 6:08 PM
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    jupiter optimus maximus , January 13, 2013 6:11 PM
    Female Doctor: "Watson! You been very naughty today diagnosing those mammograms."
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    Warsaw , January 13, 2013 6:13 PM
    Hah, and if only there was a video of it....
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    Nakal , January 13, 2013 6:14 PM
    You mean Watson would be a real life Dr. House? lol
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    NightLight , January 13, 2013 6:31 PM
    "chill out dickwad!"
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    rb420 , January 13, 2013 6:32 PM
    Would be interesting to hear the Watson work the term "Dutch rudder" into conversation
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    serendipiti , January 13, 2013 7:15 PM
    WarsawHah, and if only there was a video of it....

    Surely there must be some sort of gag about this... perhaps Monty Python ?
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    HenrikG , January 13, 2013 7:16 PM
    Watson, what's your diagnosis...

    Watson: "She seems to be suffering from the aftermath of a Monkey Monsoon". LMAO...
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    Blessedman , January 13, 2013 7:25 PM
    You got cancer bitch!
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    kanoobie , January 13, 2013 7:31 PM
    They can never create a robot sophisticated enough to emulate the sharp wit and infinite charm of Sean Connery from Celebrity Jeopardy!
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    back_by_demand , January 13, 2013 7:40 PM
    Watson can be the chief medical examiner:-
    "Steve, looks to me like after they killed this guy, the perpetrators rolled him over and cornholed him about thirty or forty times."
    "Look at that. That there is a posthumous multiple cornhole entry wound."
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    opmopadop , January 13, 2013 7:42 PM
    The other night I googled 'angry seahorse' hoping to find a picture (going to name the new seahorses after Dexter characters). Imagine my surprise when Urban Dictionary was the first item returned... Suffice to say I woke up a few times in the night giggling for all the wrong reasons.
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    TheBigTroll , January 13, 2013 7:44 PM
    Whoever decided urban dictionary was a good place to start is stupid
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    back_by_demand , January 13, 2013 7:47 PM
    Urban Dictionary rocks, like "bangers and mash", man I almost wet myself laughing
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    uglynerdman , January 13, 2013 8:10 PM
    hahaahah i can imagine watson on jeopardy, "what is a cleveland steamer"
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    markusmcnugen , January 13, 2013 8:34 PM
    Did they record any of his profane responses? If not, they just killed some comedy gold.
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    computernerdforlife , January 13, 2013 8:35 PM
    Question: What is the purpose of life.
    Watson: Bitch, please.
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    abbadon_34 , January 13, 2013 8:44 PM
    Movie "Short Circuit" : Johnny Five is Alive !
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    Haserath , January 13, 2013 9:45 PM
    Next up:

    Teaching Watson the basics of conversation via YouTube.
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    Anonymous , January 13, 2013 9:53 PM
    Interesting... I wonder if Watson can completely urbanize something like Romeo and Juliet or Les Miserables.
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