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Feb172011

Computer Watson Wins 'Jeopardy!'s' 'Man vs. Machine' Competition

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- All hail Watson, the champion of Jeopardy!'s "man vs. machine" competition.

The IBM supercomputer defeated former Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on Wednesday night after earning $77,147 over the course of the three-day tournament.  Jennings earned a total of $24,000, and Rutter earned $21,600.

Once Wednesday's game reached "Final Jeopardy," Jennings seemed to sense that Watson had the victory in the bag.  As part of his response to the "Final Jeopardy" "answer," Jennings wrote, "I for one welcome our new computer overlords."

Thanks to Watson, IBM will receive a total of $1 million, which it will donate to the World Vision and World Community Grid charities.  Jennings is awarded $300,000, and Rutter gets $200,000.  They'll donate 50 percent of their take to charity.

The tournament provided a big boost to Jeopardy!'s ratings.  Monday's edition of the long-running quiz show was the highest-rated in four years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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