IBM Supercomputer Beats Quiz Show Kings In Jeopardy

Posted: Jan 17 2011, 12:01pm CST | by , in News | Technology News

IBM Supercomputer Beats Quiz Show Kings In Jeopardy
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And now the future of mankind is in jeopardy

Two men enter. No one leaves. Instead, it's a non-human computer who takes the crown as the victor in this first-of-its-kind TV game show competition. IBM's computer Watson was able to fend for itself against Jeopardy's two all-time winningest contestants Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a practice match that will set the tone for a real all-out Jeopardy match.

The match, which Watson has been training for since 2009, was officially announced last year. At the end of last week, the multi-episode feature where Watson faces off against Jennings and Rutter was filmed.

But right before that, all three competed in a trial run at IBM's headquarters in New York State. The trial lasted as long as a normal game of Jeopardy would before its first commercial break - in other words, about enough time for the contestants to get through half of a round.

Right before the last clue of the round, Jennings and Watson were tied at $3,400. However, Watson chimed in to answer the final question and correctly identified the children's book Harold and the Purple Crayon. That set him ahead to $4,400. Rutter trailed at $1,200.

The full-length Jeopardy matches have been filmed, but no one is allowed to discuss the results. They'll be aired on TV next month, and at that time we'll really know who wins in the battle of man versus machine.

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