Monday, February 14, 2011

Jeopardy Hosts Man vs Machine!

Heads up to everyone regarding one of the most exciting Jeopardy events in the long history of the program. Over the next three nights, (Feb 14-16) two of the biggest human Jeopardy champs ever (Ken Jennings who won $2.5 million over 74 consecutive Jeopardy episodes as well as Brad Rutter, who has the honor of earning the highest cumulative amount of money on Jeopardy with a grand total of $3.2 million) will face off against the first non-human Jeopardy contestant: an IBM created computing system named Watson.

Tonight's kick-off episode ended in a tie, with both Watson and Mr. Rutter at $5,000, while Ken Jennings came in second with $2,000. The grand prize winner of the three night competition will win $1 million dollars. Both Jennings and Rutter have pledged to give 50% of their winnings to charity. If Watson wins, IBM will give 100% of the money to charity.

I caught part of tonight's episode and I'm here to say that Watson has a lovely calm voice, and both humans looked a little nervous. The Borgs, Terminator and the Matrix vs Man. What is this Jeopardy tournament times ten? Check your local ABC stations tomorrow and Wednesday at 7pm.


Lisa said...
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Lisa said...

Danger, Danger Ken Jennings!

This is like a Star Trek episode with Kirk vs. The Ultimate Computer!

May the best hard drive win!

Jane said...

I know, as soon as I heard about it I immediately thought of every Sci Fi computer/robot story. I don't know why I didn't mention HAL from 2001 a Space Oddysey. Which, by the way, if you add a letter to each letter in the acronym spells the guys that invented Watson. I just hope if the big W wins, he won't plan the complete destruction of the human race as his next step!:)