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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.

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Supercomputer Watson Battles 'Jeopardy!' Champs (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 14th 2011 11:18PM
IBM's Watson, 'Jeopardy'IBM's artificial intelligence software took on a major challenge starting today, as it appeared alongside two of the best players ever on the 'Jeopardy!' (Weeknights, 7PM ET on ABC) stage. It was a test of the program's abilities to respond to natural language questions, and one of the final chapters in its journey toward completion.

It took several years to get Watson to a point where it could answer questions quickly enough to even compete on the show, but audiences were delighted to see the computer hanging in there quite well against the big boys.

There were some obvious glitches, as when it answered "What is leg?" It apparently couldn't extrapolate the more complex question, "What is 'he's missing a leg'?"

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