Monday, January 17, 2011

IBM Watson computer to compete on Jeopardy game show

On February 14, the IBM Watson supercomputer will compete against former Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.  $1.5 million in prize money is at stake ($1 million for the winner, $300,000 for second place and $200,000 for third place) but there's much more at stake.  Can a computer beat a human?

In 1997, the IBM Deep Blue supercomputer defeated the reigning world champion, Gary Kasparov.  While this was an impressive achievement at the time, the Jeopardy! challenge is far more complex requiring advanced analytics.  Click the link below to see the TV commercial that explains more and be sure to tune in on February 14 to see who wins!

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