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January 11, 2013
Supercomputer learns to swear
Posted by Staff
Fox News:

Robots may be more advanced than humans in many ways. They can be faster, more efficient, more mathematical and logical than we are. But their understanding of socially appropriate language is less than elementary.

Which is why Watson -- the IBM robot that beat chess champion Garry Kasparov at his own game -- had to have his memory wiped after he memorized the entire contents of human slang repository UrbanDictionary.com.

Urban Dictionary, for those not in the know, is the place you go to if you want to know what a "touron" is (a tourist that is also a moron), or the meaning of "broscience," ("the predominant brand of reasoning in body-building circles where the anecdotal reports of jacked dudes are considered more credible than scientific research").
01/11/13 8:51 AM
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