Thursday, March 10, 2011

More on Watson, Jeopardy, and the Fourth Amendment

Earlier, I posted on what Watson’s Jeopardy victory could mean for the Fourth Amendment.
Professor Fish wrote more eloquently in the New York Times on the ability of computers to discern meaning from seemingly random events:

What computers can’t do, we don’t have to do because the worlds we live in are already built; we  don’t walk around putting discrete items together until they add up to  a context; we walk around with a contextual sense — a sense of where we are and what’s at stake and what our resources are — already in place;  we  inhabit worldly spaces already organized by purposes, projects and expectations
The Fourth Amendment challenge will continue to occur as computers develop an ability that exceeds normal human ability to detect patterns of behavior that reveal private information.

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