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

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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  • memadmax
  • Female Doctor: "Watson! You been very naughty today diagnosing those mammograms."
  • Warsaw
    Hah, and if only there was a video of it....
  • Nakal
    You mean Watson would be a real life Dr. House? lol
  • NightLight
    "chill out dickwad!"
  • rb420
    Would be interesting to hear the Watson work the term "Dutch rudder" into conversation
  • serendipiti
    WarsawHah, and if only there was a video of it....
    Surely there must be some sort of gag about this... perhaps Monty Python ?
  • HenrikG
    Watson, what's your diagnosis...

    Watson: "She seems to be suffering from the aftermath of a Monkey Monsoon". LMAO...
  • Blessedman
    You got cancer bitch!
  • kanoobie
    They can never create a robot sophisticated enough to emulate the sharp wit and infinite charm of Sean Connery from Celebrity Jeopardy!