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'Jeopardy!'-Playing Computer Owns Two 'Jeopardy!' Champions; Is Humanity Next?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 14th 2011 3:00PM
Ken Jennings vs. Watson on a dry run of Awhile back when news of IBM's "Watson," the computer designed specifically to compete as a 'Jeopardy!' contestant, first surfaced, I actually tried to reach out to champion Ken Jennings for his reactions to it. He declined the opportunity saying that the people at 'Jeopardy!' had asked him not to speak on the subject for the time being.

He was very nice and cordial, but there was a weird omniousness in his letter, almost a twinge of fear in his voice. Something tells me if we had spoken over the phone or in person, his voice would have cracked more than a teenager tenor in training.

Now I know why. IBM held its first public demonstration of Watson against Jennings and 'Jeopardy!' champion Brad Rutter, who holds the show's record for the most money won and the computer absolutely cleaned both of their clocks.

And just to deepen the humiliation, someone took a video of the clock-cleaning on their cell phone, which you can see below. The rest of us will have the opportunity to watch Watson take on the two champions when 'Jeopardy!' brings Watson on the show in February. I'd start working on your fallout shelter now to prepare for the inevitable robot overlord uprising, which is bound to happen when IBM finally perfects their 'Wipeout' contestant playing computer.

Tell us: Are you looking forward to seeing Jennings and Rutter vs. Watson on 'Jeopardy!'?

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The IBM game was stupid, boring, and pridicable.I hope this is the last we see of this waste of time and money.

February 15 2011 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the computer voice was a little too "perfect".
Is it possible this was a set-up?

January 15 2011 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it was just like the previews of the computer before they let everyone know that it was going against them it answered more then 88 % of the answers correct it is nowt a surprise to me at all.

January 15 2011 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This went almost like I suspected. Why? The computer is faster. It's always been my belief that the person who rang in first was just faster, not necessarily smarter than the other two. I've felt that all responses should be written and prize money awarded on the basis of which order they rang in.

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January 14 2011 at 8:01 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Scary stuff. A computer that can understand Jeopardy's abstract questions is one step behind sentience. Soon they will invent a computer that can feel, then we'll see a Skynet-style apocalypse.

Technology is amazing, but there's a point where it becomes dangerous...a supercomputer this intelligent is definitely getting to that point. Then again, my stoner scientist friends (about 25% of those who work in Pharma as scientists are either potheads or pill poppers) who work at Pharmaceutical companies are just as likely to bring about the end of mankind. I just hope when the world ends, it's written like "28 Days Later" and not "2012"...

January 14 2011 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The computer certainly did better than in this comedy sketch we did about it!


January 14 2011 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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