Michael J. Swart

September 21, 2011

Artificial Intelligence versus SQL Server Help

Filed under: Tongue In Cheek — Tags: , , — Michael J. Swart @ 10:17 pm

Something lighthearted for this week. ~MJS

You Remember Watson?

Do you remember Watson? It's the A.I. program that IBM developed that answers natural language questions. It kicked butt last year on Jeopardy. Well, IBM recently noticed that there was a large store of SQL Server knowledge to be had by looking through SQL Server questions on stackoverflow and by looking through #sqlhelp tagged questions on twitter. Well it wasn't too long before they had Watson answering SQL Help questions!

I love artificial intelligence. What could go wrong!

IBM planned to deliver Watson's software and hardware to Chicago (but somehow they got lost at Toronto's airport). With one thing and another, I was lucky enough to get involved and I'm proud to say that they let me preview their Watson vs. SQL Server solution that they've (embarassingly) called The SQL Server Help Oracle.

I've given it a spin and I have to say it's in fine form! It gives answers that are just like a DBA's answers. Without further ado... Here it is! Give it a spin! Ask away.

Introducing the SQL Server help oracle:


  1. If you post any other typical DBA responses here in the comments. I’ll put them into the rotation.

    Comment by Michael J. Swart — September 21, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

  2. Hash fn much?

    Comment by David Swart — September 21, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

  3. Nicely done! If I think of any answers, I will be sure to post them.

    Comment by dmmaxwell — September 22, 2011 @ 6:31 am

  4. Interesting: So far, all the commenters are named Dave… (HAL’s nemisis).

    Comment by Michael J. Swart — September 22, 2011 @ 8:50 am

  5. Don’t forget my favorite DBA answer: “NO!”

    Comment by Mike C — September 22, 2011 @ 11:57 am

  6. BTW my middle name is David 🙂

    Comment by Mike C — September 22, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

  7. Not funny!

    Comment by Dave — September 24, 2011 @ 9:10 am

  8. Requiring me to “go to google” to get my answer is not acceptable from the SQL Server Help ‘Oracle’. It was the quickest, easiest question I could come up with, without spending 5 minutes trying to be cute. Disappointing.

    Comment by J Nelson — September 26, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  9. I found that too. Just like real DBAs, answers from the oracle are often disappointing and less than helpful.

    Comment by Michael J. Swart — September 26, 2011 @ 10:16 am

  10. I ended up here at Mike’s suggestion. He had no way of knowing that my middle name is also David.

    Comment by Matt McBride — October 7, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

  11. Just discovered this:

    Comment by Michael J. Swart — October 14, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

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