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Mankind is in Jeopardy Against Machine

Place your bets folks!  Cylons versus man.  Deep Blue versus Kasparov.  T-1000 versus Connor.  Hal 9000 versus Dave.  You guessed it, man will face off against a machine, yet again.  This time in the game show Jeopardy realm.

Two of the venerable game show’s most successful champions — Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter — will play two games against “Watson,” a computer program developed by IBM’s artificial intelligence team. The matches will be spread over three days that will air Feb. 14-16, the game show said on Tuesday.

Let’s meet the contestants…

Ken Jennings:

Jennings had the game show’s longest winning streak, taking 74 games in a row during the 2004-2005 season.

Brad Rutter:

Rutter has won more money than any other “Jeopardy!” player, nearly $3.3 million during his original appearance and three subsequent tournaments.


“Watson” is named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson. It will look nothing like the computer “maid” on “The Jetsons.” Rather, IBM said its on-screen appearance will be represented by a round avatar.  The computer has already been tested in some 50 games against past “Jeopardy!” champions. But neither IBM nor “Jeopardy!” representatives would say what “Watson’s” record was.

While you’re deciding the new Jeopardy Champion check out this cool video on the background of Watson.

Why IBM Watson Was Built for Jeopardy! @ Yahoo! Video

Who do you think will win?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.


One response to “Mankind is in Jeopardy Against Machine

  1. Ferg December 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Been watching these videos on youtube ( This contest looks excellent. I can’t wait for February to get here.

    Hmm, betting on Rutter myself, though. He has the most experience at returning after a long break and winning again. Jennings had the longest run, but I haven’t heard much about him re-competing with much success. Watson will be amazing, but I still think brains will beat computers as this battle unfolds.

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