Prejudice Against Robots
Note the attitude in the following article which was clearly written by a human an not a
robot. This is logical to a human to say and to millions of humans to read:
Take 600 human contestants who are far above the "masses" of the other billions of people
on the planet. If a robot can score in the top 25% of these humans, then the humans have
proven themselves superior to robots. The humans have "won" as he says.
Consider this objectively. Let us say that the computer that can beat all humans except
for 140 is a PC which cost $2000.00. Which of the 140 humans which "beat" the robot was
born and raised on a budget of $2000.00? Now please ask yourself, if you wanted to place
above every other contestent in the field, wouldn't it be easy to purchase 460 more robots
and supply them with the Dr. Fill program and thereby surpass more humans at a low cost?
Any other conclusion except that the robots are coming on very strong is simply an
example of human prejudice.
Computer program places 141st in national tournament
Posted on March 19, 2012 - 08:52 by Raven Lovecraft
It's not quite IBM's Watson, but Dr. Fill performed decently at a national crossword
Dr. Fill is the name of a computer program designed by one Matthew Ginsberg, with the goal of
being able to understand English context and play-on-word phrases such that it can solve
crossword puzzles like a normal human.
And Ginsberg knows something about this subject. He helps design crossword puzzles for the
New York Times.
As a proof of concept, he was allowed to show off his creation at the American Crossword
Puzzle Tournament in New York City. But Dr. Fill was only a symbolic contestant. He receives
no official standing.
Nevertheless, Ginsberg had hoped that Dr. Fill would be able to finish the competition in the
realm of the top 50 human competitors.
That didn't happen. Had Dr. Fill been an official contender, his spot would have been rank
#141, out of 600 contestants. That's still decent, but certainly in the "Man vs. Machine" tally,
this one has to go to Man.
One of Fill's biggest stumbling blocks was a crossword puzzle that required puzzle solvers to
enter words that were spelled backward. However, on all of the "normal" crossword puzzles, he
was able to run through without a hitch.
Ginsberg was quoted by the New York Times as saying two puzzles, including the
backward-word one, "were bizarre," and promised, "I'll be back next year."
In the human world, a man name Dan Feyer was the one who bested Dr. Fill by the highest
margin. He won the tournament for the third year in a row.