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Ken Jennings Embraces Watson: 'I For One Welcome Our New Computer Overlords' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 16th 2011 11:32PM
Ken Jennings, 'Jeopardy!' IBM supercomputer artificial intelligence WatsonIBM's supercomputer artificial intelligence Watson certainly made an impression on 'Jeopardy!' (Weeknights, 7PM ET on ABC) record holder Ken Jennings. The championship streak record holder made a bold, but submissive statement in presenting his answer in Final Jeopardy.

It was an answer that would put him in the lead, but Watson was yet to answer. The correct answer was 'Who is Bram Stoker?' Jennings got it right, but added a paranthetical aside to the supercomputer on his left side.

(I for one welcome our new computer overlords)

Unfortunately, Watson wasn't programmed with a sense of humor, so it didn't join in with the laughter that erupted in the studio audience. But it was programmed with the right answer, as well as the confidence to make a hefty wager.

The two day totals put Watson in a commanding lead over Jennings, $77,147 to $24,000. Brad Rutter, the all-time money winner, came in third at $21,600.

And now we can say we've all seen a moment in history. When we are being brutalized under the savage yoke of our computer overlords, we can look to our bedraggled neighbour and say, "Remember when ... "

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Brett Alan

Note that Jennings' aside was a reference to The Simpsons; when Kent Brockman sees an ant on Homer's space shuttle flight and it appears to be giant, he says "I for one welcome our new insect overlords".

February 17 2011 at 10:55 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Eludium Q36

Watson seemed to have a "ring in" advantage over the others. Whenever Watson's confidence level was high it (not he) always pre-empted the other two, and that's not fair which likely skewed the game in its favor.

February 17 2011 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Eludium Q36's comment

Absolutely. Plus, the questions were skewed to his strengths as there were not any questions in pretty standard categories like "Crossword Clues" and "Before and After" and other punny categories. Obviously if I was competing against Google in a trivia contest, Google would win every time. The buzzer method was clearly handicapping Ken and Brad far too much for them to have a chance. Those two men out clicked anyone who ever played the game and Watson made them look slow.

Gotta love the Kent Brockman quote though...here's another one:
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply doesn't work. "

February 17 2011 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brad W

I'm pretty sure that Jeopardy is syndicated. In Houston, the show airs at midnight on CBS.

February 16 2011 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Brad W's comment

Correct. Jeopardy! is nationally syndicated.

February 17 2011 at 12:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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