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Thursday
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.

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Wednesday
Feb162011

Watson the Computer Has Comfortable Lead on 'Jeopardy!'

Photo Courtesy - IBM(LOS ANGELES) -- On the second day of the "man vs. machine" competition on Jeopardy!, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter proved to be no match for the IBM supercomputer known as Watson.

Watson crushed his human opponents on Tuesday night's edition of Jeopardy!, raising its overall total to $35,734.  Rutter has $10,400 entering the final day of competition on Wednesday, while Jennings has $4,800.

Watson provided an unusual but amusing moment when it wagered $6,435 on a "Daily Double" question.  The audience laughed at the apparently random wager, and host Alex Trebek quipped, "I won't ask."

Watson entered another odd wager during "Final Jeopardy" -- $947 -- which it lost after giving an incorrect response to the following "answer": "Its largest airport is named for a World War II hero; its second largest, for a World War II battle."  Jennings and Rutter, the two most successful contestants in Jeopardy! history, both correctly responded Chicago, but Watson guessed, "What is Toronto?????," with five question marks -- a sign the computer wasn't sure of its answer.

Tuesday's match-up was a continuation of the game that aired Monday night.  The third and final battle between Jennings, Rutter and Watson will air Wednesday.  The winner receives $1 million, with the runner-up getting $300,000 and the third-place finisher receiving $200,000.  IBM will donate all of its winnings to charity, and Jennings and Rutter will donate 50 percent of their take to charity.

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Tuesday
Feb152011

Computer, Human Tied After Day One of 'Jeopardy!' Challenge

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- So far, man is equal to machine on Jeopardy!

The IBM computing system Watson is tied with human player Brad Rutter following the first edition of the game show pitting Watson against the two most successful contestants in Jeopardy! history.  Watson and Rutter ended Monday's Jeopardy! tied at $5,000, with Ken Jennings trailing both, with $2,000.

The challenge of having a computer compete on Jeopardy! was evident when host Alex Trebek asked a question regarding the decade when the first modern crossword puzzle was published and Oreo cookies made their debut.  Jennings incorrectly answered the 1920s, after which Watson guessed, "What is 1920s?"  Trebek responded that Jennings had already made that guess.

Watson's battle with Rutter and Jennings will continue Tuesday and Wednesday.  They're all playing for charity, with the winner receiving $1 million.

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