IBM had quite a coup this week on Jeopardy when “Watson,” a computer showing considerable strides in the journey towards Artificial Intelligence (AI) beat out two previous champions. Read about it here, or look for information on the Turing Award and other AI quests on the net. Notice as you read all of the interviews with the IBM programers that they keep referring to the “trickiness” of human language. This is a great opportunity to discuss ambiguity, metaphor, and even grammar patterns with your students. How does a computer learn to deal with all of these tricks that human children master so easily?