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Jeopardy Exhibition Ends, Ken Jennings Welcomes New Overlord

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In this week’s three-day exhibition, Jeopardy pit two of its finest minds -- champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter -- against the newest artificial mind designed by IBM. The supercomputer Watson took on the two champs in a two-game session that left the human contestants battling for a moment just to buzz in as each question was fired out by Alex Trebek.

At the end of the two-game, three-day session, Watson dominated. The computer scored a sum of $77,147 (the total comes from Watson’s odd penchant for betting off dollar amounts in Double and Final Jeopardy rounds), with Jennings scoring $24,000 and Rutter $21,600 at the end of two Final Jeopardy rounds. For his Final Jeopardy answer (which he got correct), Jennings added a personal message: “I for one welcome our new computer overlords.”

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Man vs. Machine: Jeopardy-Style

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Games, Reality, Specials, Syndication, Video,

IBM is taking computer gaming to an epic level.

Monday marked the debut of the supercomputer Watson, a machine so smart it’s capable of playing a game of Jeopardy . . . and maybe, winning it. The three-day game pits the computer against the show’s two greatest champions, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings, and at the end of Round 1 Watson is tied for first place.

Watson ruled categories like “Beatles People” and “Literary Characters APB,” though it struggled and offered wrong answers to other categories, including “Name the Decade.”

Still, the computer’s prowess was such that at the end of the episode, it’s tied with Rutter with $5,000 in the Jeopardy game bank . . . and champion Ken Jennings trails behind the machine with only $2,000 in the till. Check out the video above to get a look at Watson in action.

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Jeopardy! Champions to Challenge IBM Computer Program

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We would call this contest man versus machine, but Ken Jennings is more superhero than man.

The famed Jeopardy! winner, along with fellow champ Brad Rutter, will test his wits against IBM’s Watson program. Designed by the company’s artificial intelligence team, Watson will take on the two challengers over a three-day contest being held on February 14 though 16.

IBM hosted a similar competition in 1997, when it created a chess-playing computer to compete against champion Garry Kasparov. The computer (Deep Blue) won the six-game match by two games.

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IBM Computer to Challenge Jeopardy

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: PC / Laptop, Science,

WatsonIBM has created a computer that they claim can compete against humans playing “Jeopardy!” Watson has an advanced QA (question answer) system that has been in development for 2 years. Because many of the clues on the show contain both irony and riddles, the computer has to analyze each query and solve open ended problems. Stay tuned. The powers that be behind the show have agreed to produce and air a Watson vs. human competition.

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Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell Reunite for Sherlock Holmes

Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen

For his next production, Judd Apatow has once again reached into his bag of funny men to decide on casting. This time around, and Sacha Baron Cohen - rivals in 2006’s Talledega Nights - will be working as a team on a comedy about Sherlock Holmes.

In the currently-untitled project, the star will play the famous literary detective. Meanwhile, Ferrell will take on the role of Watson, his crime-solving assistant. The movie will be penned by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) for Columbia Pictures. No director has so far been assigned.

Although a target date hasn’t yet been determined, Apatow’s film could face comparisons to another upcoming project. Warner Bros. has plans for its own adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books; that version will be helmed by ‘s Guy Ritchie.


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