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Watson puts humans on notice in Man vs. Machine Jeopardy Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brett Brewer   
Monday, 14 February 2011

IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer named "Watson" just played and nearly beat both of the top winning Jeopardy champs of all time. I missed the show, but then found this video of the first half of it on YouTube. I had hoped to find the second half posted by the time I got done watching it, but no such luck. I did a little searching and apparently Watson played one competitor to a tie, while handily trouncing Ken Jennings, the winningest player in Jeopardy's history. So marks a milestone in computing history. The technology behind Watson can be used to answer questions of all kinds in a variety of industries, perhaps even solving problems that have heretofore been too complex for humans to reliably answer themselves. Could we be on the verge of a sci-fi like future where some giant supercomputer finds the solutions to all our problems and we simply carry out its instructions? Probably not, but I can dream.

UPDATE: Both parts are now on YouTube:


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