Algorithms get a helping hand from humans

03/11/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Algorithms are growing ever more sophisticated in their ability, but the literal-minded nature of the technology means humans are still needed to help figure out what people are actually looking for. Twitter employs a staff of "judges" who help interpret context and meaning, Google uses informational databases curated by people and IBM employs clinicians and medical students to create a medical database for its Watson supercomputer.

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