Jeopardy champion WATSON appointed head of National Academy of Blog Science

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:14 AM GMT on April 01, 2011

Jeopardy champion WATSON--the computer program that earlier this year decisively beat the two all-time human champions of America's favorite game show--has a new challenge. A modified version of WATSON has been appointed to direct a major new scientific organization, the White House announced today. The WATSON spin-off, dubbed HOLMES (short for Highly Objective Lore Machine for Examining Science), will head the newly created National Academy of Blog Science (NABS). The NABS, created in legislation passed by Congress last week, will replace the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) as the premier scientific advisory organization in charge of advising Congress on scientific matters. "The creation of the National Academy of Blog Science is a huge step forward for America's businesses to help them become more competitive and create jobs," said U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Bayinghound, who pushed the legislation through Congress.



Figure 1. HOLMES' predecessor, WATSON, clobbering the two all-time Jeopardy champions in a match earlier this year.

Dr. Hal N. Thousand, chief scientist for the Very Competitive Free Enterprise Institute (VCFEI), the pro-business think tank that crafted the legislation to create the NABS, lauded the choice of HOLMES to head the new advisory body. "The old National Academy of Sciences used archaic methods to determine the best science, relying exclusively on peer-reviewed publications. In the peer-review system, papers undergo a lengthy review process by multiple experts in the field, followed by revisions, followed by further review, finally ending in rejection or publication in a prestigious scientific journal. Ignored in the process is the tremendous amount of excellent non-peer-reviewed science published in blogs and in industry publications. HOLMES, once interfaced with the Internet, has the capability to search through all these relevant scientific works and rank the best science with a percentage probability of correctness--just like WATSON did during the Jeopardy championships. If there are popular blogs or a large body of corporate science challenging peer-reviewed scientific findings as being too uncertain, HOLMES will lower the probability of the peer-reviewed scientific result being correct. Thus, the advice given by NABS to Congress will be far more reasonable, taking in a wider range of opinions than those previously considered by the outdated National Academy of Sciences. Grant-based anti-industry "science" developed in ivory towers will no longer be accepted unquestioningly at the cost of jobs. The American tax payer can't afford it. This is the way a scientific advisory body should behave, since any scientific results that hurt corporate profits and thus jobs should be required to be virtually certain. Too often, this country has been misled by science harmful to American business interests, pushed by elitist, alarmist, money-grubbing scientists, out to pad their research grants by falsely crying wolf. It's time to cast down the high priests of this America-hating eco-religion, and let HOLMES, who is incapable of bias, make the decisions on what is the best science."

Dr. Frank Poole, spokesman for the Coalition of Environmental Organizations Against Insanity, who lobbied fervently against the new National Academy of Blog Science, commented: "It is ludicrous to put a computer that thought Toronto was a city in the U.S. during Final Jeopardy in charge of the world's most important scientific advisory body. WATSON also thought Wonder Woman was the first woman in space. This does not bode well for the future of American policy to be based on the best science."

Dr. Thousand countered that the new HOLMES computer would be unlike its predecessor, WATSON. "In the coming months, under HOLMES' new clear vision of science fact, the people will see the peer-review system of science for the corrupt farce that it is, and demand that it be abolished. We are already crafting new legislation to remove all government funding for scientific research that HOLMES judges to be anti-corporate, including all money for climate change research and for the Environmental Protection Agency. That kind of research must be done by concerned citizen-bloggers and by the corporations who might be affected by the scientific findings. Science in this country must be done the democratic way--every citizen will be able to weigh in on their favorite blog site and vote for what they think is the best science. HOLMES, with the aid of an adaptive scientific truth algorithm we are developing, will be able to use the will of the people and the best corporate and blog science to advise Congress on scientific matters, and a brave new world of science-based policy will be born."

April Fools! (I hope)

Jeff Masters

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Quoting jasoniscoolman2011x:
wow WATSON win what is the computer going to do with the cash it win!!



give it too me
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Future Blogger's, definitely
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wow WATSON win what is the computer going to do with the cash it win!!
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Quoting Barefootontherocks:


Jedkins, the Ruskin event report called everything EF 1 so far. did you see it? They mentioned >/=110 mph winds above ground that trashed this tower.

I left links to both Ruskin and Melbourne's NWS reports here this afternoon-a page or two back.





Stuff like this in South Tampa appears worse to me than F1, like I said though, I am not an expert on how to rate tornado damage, just a weather student.
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Quoting Patrap:
Hiya Jasoncoolman,,I really enjoyed your pancake video.

You have a tidy kitchen as well.
thank you
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Quoting Barefootontherocks:


Jedkins, the Ruskin event report called everything EF 1 so far. did you see it? rthey mentioned >/=110 mph winds above ground that trashed this tower.

I left links to both Ruskin and Melbourne's NWS reports here this afternoon-a page or two back.


Yeah this seems about EF1 damage around from what I see, however there are some localized areas in Hillsborough and Pinellas that appear more like F2 damage to me... But I am not a damage survey expert while they are so I'll trust em.
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Hiya Jasoncoolman,,I really enjoyed your pancake video.

You have a tidy kitchen as well.
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Quoting Jedkins01:
http://www2.tbo.com/exposure/ar/531/0/2011/03/31/ 10 8821_0401_weather__005--maurice_capobianco.jpg

This was damage to the airport Close to me (St Pete Clearwater airport) it is still dark in many areas arounf the airport because power line poles were snapped in half the held just fine during the wind gusts of 70 to 8 mph during hurricane Jeanne and Frances that passed through the state.

Many planes were flipped and there are still lots of power crews everywhere repairing danged lines. Driving around here is dangerous unless you have a truck like mine with a lift and puncture resistant tires because tree branches, pieces of signs, and pieces of sheet metal from nearby mobile homes is scattered around the area.


YA, but this was not that bad in many peps eyes...sighs...i doubt most that have said this, have NEVER been through anything severe nor extremely serious. Many really pissed me off on here when they whom was not experiencing anything was saying WE was over hyping this yesterday. Was this historic NO. Was it over Hype, NO not at the time when many was having Tornado's and strong winds in fear of nearly 10 hours. THAT IS NOT OVER HYPE!
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look at the storm in the northeast!!
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Quoting Jedkins01:


This happened quite close to me including more significant damage, this was not an F0.... We had thunderstorms winds to 90 mph, and while they were strong, they can't fold a frikkin communications tower.


Jedkins, the Ruskin event report called everything EF 1 so far. did you see it? They mentioned >/=110 mph winds above ground that trashed this tower.

I left links to both Ruskin and Melbourne's NWS reports here this afternoon-a page or two back.
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Sorry for the double post twice, I'm not very computer savvy, I suck at HTML and all that and I forgot to use the codes both times, WU also isn't letting me edit posts right now to delete the mistake post content.
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Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Darwin
Tropical Cyclone Advice #17
TROPICAL LOW 25U
11:00 AM CST April 2 2011
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At 9:30 AM CST, Tropical Low (998 hPa) located at 13.5S 127.6E or 135 km northeast of Kalumburu and 230 km north northwest of Wyndham has 10 minute sustained winds of 25 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The low is reported as moving southwest at 8 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5/2.5/D1.0/24 HRS

The tropical low is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone near the north Kimberley coast later today.

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour are expected to develop between Wyndham and Kuri Bay later today. Gales may extend further west to Cape Leveque during Sunday if the cyclone remains close to the coast.

Tides will be HIGHER THAN NORMAL between Wyndham and Kuri Bay late Saturday and early Sunday.

HEAVY RAIN is expected to cause flooding in the north Kimberley region during Saturday and Sunday.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
====================================
A Cyclone WARNING is now current for Western Australian coastal and island areas from Cape Leveque to Wyndham, including Kalumburu.

The Cyclone WATCH between Wyndham and the NT/WA Border has been cancelled.

Forecast and Intensity
=======================
12 HRS: 13.8S 126.0E - 35 knots (CAT 1)
24 HRS: 14.3S 124.6E - 40 knots (CAT 1)
48 HRS: 15.2S 122.1E - 50 knots (CAT 2)
72 HRS: 16.4S 119.9E - 60 knots (CAT 2)

Additional Information
=======================

Centre position has become well defined on radar by converging spiral rain bands west of earlier fixes. Convective structure has improved significantly with the development of a CDO over the LLCC. Outflow appears to be good in northern and western sectors.

Dvorak analysis at 2030UTC was based on 1.5deg CDO yielding a DT=3.0. Reanalysis of recent timesteps produces FT=2.5 from 1730UTC. At 2330UTC, DT was not assigned due to large area of cold cloud over the LLCC, so FT=MET=2.5.

The low has turned towards the WSW, with a forecast track along the north Kimberley coast under the influence of a mid-level ridge to the south. The system is now a favorable environment for development with reducing vertical wind shear, deep moisture and significant low-level broad-scale vorticity. TC formation is likely later today near the north Kimberley coast.

The longer-term track forecast takes the developing cyclone towards the WSW, slightly further away from the WA coast north of Broome on Monday. The forecast track is based on a consensus of available NWP models.

The next tropical cyclone advice from Tropical Cyclone Darwin on Tropical Low 25U will be issued at 4:00 AM UTC..
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This was damage to the airport Close to me (St Pete Clearwater airport) it is still dark in many areas around the airport because power line poles were snapped in half while holding just fine during the wind gusts of 70 to 80 mph during hurricane Jeanne and in 2004 that passed through the state.

Many planes were flipped and there are still lots of power crews everywhere repairing danged lines. Driving around here is dangerous unless you have a truck like mine with a lift and puncture resistant tires because tree branches, pieces of signs, and pieces of sheet metal from nearby mobile homes is scattered around the area.
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Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Disturbance Summary
TROPICAL DEPRESSION XX
9:00 AM JST April 2 2011
=================================

SUBJECT: Tropical Depression in South China Sea

At 0:00 AM UTC, Tropical Depression (1006 hPa) located at 8.7N 111.3E has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The depression is reported as moving west slowly.
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http://www2.tbo.com/exposure/ar/531/0/2011/03/31/10 8821_0401_weather__005--maurice_capobianco.jpg

This was damage to the airport Close to me (St Pete Clearwater airport) it is still dark in many areas arounf the airport because power line poles were snapped in half the held just fine during the wind gusts of 70 to 8 mph during hurricane Jeanne and Frances that passed through the state.

Many planes were flipped and there are still lots of power crews everywhere repairing danged lines. Driving around here is dangerous unless you have a truck like mine with a lift and puncture resistant tires because tree branches, pieces of signs, and pieces of sheet metal from nearby mobile homes is scattered around the area.
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Quoting Hurricane2011:
Hi Tim.



Hello, although i don't know now who this is as a new Name..........LOL
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severe weather in april!! look at this map!! good map!!
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This happened quite close to me including more significant damage, this was not an F0.... We had thunderstorms winds to 90 mph, and while they were strong, they can't fold a frikkin communications tower.
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This happened quite close to me including more significant damage, this was not an F0.... We had thunderstorms winds to 90 mph, and while they were strong, they can't fold a frikkin communications tower.
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Have a nice viewing of the Glowing Tube Machine Gro bro.
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Quoting Grothar:
Parting is such sweet sorrow, farewell til it be morrow. Got to go. Play nice. A little voice in the back is telling me to go watch something on TV.
Adios ancient one.......:)
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Parting is such sweet sorrow, farewell til it be morrow. Got to go. Play nice. A little voice in the back is telling me to go watch something on TV.
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I dont know TS,,Im gonna go with the DMIOV Model run myself.
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Models have backed off some in Intensity it appears.
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Sound Check tonight.


BBC Radio 2 'Elvis'

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Quoting Grothar:


No, actually I don't remember that one. I do remember the book and the movie, though.


It is ok, and not unusual at your age, but yet as such is displayed below, we know better :)

It's all good! Out>>>>>>>



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Too keep from getting too much into the details at this
time...thermodynamically things look very favorable with
instability prognosticated by the models to be quite high...the kinematic
field is quite favorable with a lot of shear...and as we have
already discussed the dynamics will also be favorable.


Is this HAL9000B ?
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Quoting Hurricane2011:


Que bola, acere? Dimelo, broder? It's been a while, man, good to see ya.


No lo creo! Compórtata ahora! OK
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Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service New Orleans la
343 PM CDT Friday Apr 1 2011



Monday through Tuesday...this will be the most active part of the forecast. The
energy that began to move out of the Pacific northwest Sat and across the
Continental Divide will cause the upper pattern to quickly amplify.
By Monday morning a sharp middle level trough will dig across the central
Continental U.S. While a surface low will move east across ND/Minnesota and into Ontario
throughout the day. As the trough continues to sharpen and dig it
will help drive a cold front through the middle and lower MS valleys.
Ahead of this front strong srly winds will develop in the ll. This
will help to transport rich Gulf moisture far inland. The increase
in moisture and warm conditions will set the stage for another
round of severe weather. Rain showers and thunderstorms and rain should quickly begin to
develop late afternoon/early evn as the front approaches...hghts fall
some 4-6dm in 6 hours...and we move under the rrq of an intensifying
upper jet.

Too keep from getting too much into the details at this
time...thermodynamically things look very favorable with
instability prognosticated by the models to be quite high...the kinematic
field is quite favorable with a lot of shear...and as we have
already discussed the dynamics will also be favorable. Forecast soundings
are hinting a strong cap will be in place during the morning but
with the amount of forcing coming in that cap will quickly erode.
So at this time it appears we will likely see at the very least a
strong squall line Monday evn and overnight. If any storms fire ahead
of the line then these storms could become quite potent Monday afternoon
and evn. All modes of severe weather are possible at this time.
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There is a large area of moisture over the Caribbean that could be drawn up into our next system
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Quoting Patrap:


80's VH-1 moment..it passed.








As should all good things.
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Refresh da NOAA Radio Battery backup,flashlights,genny,and all else fer the next un looks real bad too.

Weather or not,,ready or not,,itsa gonna blow thru many places and someones gonna draw the short straw somewhere.

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DAY 4 /MON APR 4/...
MODELS MAINTAIN LIKELIHOOD FOR WIDESPREAD SEVERE STORMS FROM THE
MID-LOWER MS VALLEY INTO THE OH/TN VALLEYS AND CENTRAL GULF COAST
STATES ON DAY 4. GULF MOISTURE WILL ADVECT NWD ACROSS THIS REGION
IN ASSOCIATION WITH VERY STRONG EWD MIGRATING SLY LLJ. TSTM
ACTIVITY WILL BE SUPPORTED AS FORCING FOR DEEP ASCENT ATTENDING THE
UPPER TROUGH SHIFTS EAST OF STRONGER EML. THIS AND STRONG WIND
FIELDS WILL SUPPORT A THREAT FOR SUPERCELLS AND LINE SEGMENTS
WITH TORNADOES...LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS.

...DAY 5 /TUE APR 5/...
DESPITE THE TIMING DIFFERENCES OF THE GFS/ECMWF...A SEVERE THREAT
SHOULD CONTINUE THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE SERN STATES AND THE MID
ATLANTIC SEABOARD ON TUESDAY.
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Quoting Grothar:


No, actually I don't remember that one. I do remember the book and the movie, though.


80's VH-1 moment..it passed.






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Quoting Grothar:


Always in good spirits. Thanks. Just waiting for the next round of weather. Looks like it could be another interest week.


I hate waiting for that sort of stuff. Hoping the Appalachians busts it up good.
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I propose we offer Watson a sacrifice..

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Quoting Grothar:


No, actually I don't remember that one. I do remember the book and the movie, though.


Good to see your doing well, ma' friend.
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Quoting Patrap:
378. Ossqss

..member dat one,Grothar had shaved the Beard

Been a LONG time..



No, actually I don't remember that one. I do remember the book and the movie, though.
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Quoting caneswatch:
Hola JFV, como estas?


Que bola, acere? Dimelo, broder? It's been a while, man, good to see ya.
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Quoting Grothar:


Always in good spirits. Thanks. Just waiting for the next round of weather. Looks like it could be another interest week.


Let's hope it gets here before Thursday.
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I, for one, welcome our new weather expert Watson and am willing to serve him in any way I can.
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