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Alex Trebek Explains Watson's Final Jeopardy Flub (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 16th 2011 1:00PM
Alex Trebek Explains Supercomputer's Final Jeopardy FlubOn 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), Alex Trebek explains how Watson, an IBM supercomputer, managed to miss the Final Jeopardy question in the second night of a three-part man vs. machine showdown on 'Jeopardy.'

While pitted against past champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, Watson incorrectly answered a geography question by apparently mistaking Toronto as a major U.S. city. And yet, the supercomputer still managed to soundly beat both human champs.

Trebek said the official explanation from IBM is that Watson was citing an actual American city. "There is a Toronto, apparently, in Iowa," he said.

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Leave it to the US to determine that everywhere else in North America and South America isn't "American". Toronto is as American as Leipzig is European and Nairobi is African.

February 16 2011 at 3:33 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Final Jeopardy category was US Cities, not American Cities.

February 16 2011 at 9:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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