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The IBM Challenge: ‘Jeopardy’ Pits Man Against Machine

I know, I know – what does the TV game show Jeopardy have to do with Science Fiction?

Well, normally – nothing. But starting Monday, they have something that I thought the readers here would be very interested in.

Remember when IBM’s chess playing computer ‘Deep Blue’ took on reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov and beat him? It was like science fiction becoming science fact.

Well, now they’re going to do it again – sort of.

IBM’s newest AI, called “Watson” after Thomas J. Watson, is set to be a contestant on TV’s Jeopardy.

Watson will be playing Jeopardy against two of Jeopardy‘s greatest champions – Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

Jennings holds the distinction of being the Jeopardy Champion with the most consecutive wins totaling more than $2.5 million

Rutter is the Jeopardy Champion who has won the most money, more than $3.2 million. together, they’ll take on Watson in a 3 day mega-challenge that I’m sure everyone will be paying attention to. It starts on Monday, February 14th.

More details can be found on the Jeopardy website.

Uh… I may be calling in the ‘Skynet Clause’ in our friendship agreement if Watson kicks their butts people…

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1 Comment on The IBM Challenge: ‘Jeopardy’ Pits Man Against Machine

  1. I have a feeling the Computer is going to pwn both Jennings and Rutter. Interpreting and understanding the questions is the hardest part of building a Jeopardy-winning computer, and I believe IBM when they say they have managed that feat.

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