Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Match One Recap

Yesterday and Monday was match one of an interesting challenge on Jeopardy call the IBM Challenge. The challenge consists of two of the greatest Jeopardy champions of all time, in Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Against a computer name Watson, a super computer, which IBM created to expand the capabilities of a computer being close to a human mind as it, can get. IBM thought it was best to test Watson out on Jeopardy where language is use and too complex for simple computers to be use. As to a note, Watson is not hook up to the World Wide Web, so it is impossible to look up any random trivia Alex Trebek, the game show host claimed.

During the Jeopardy, round (round one) Watson had a bit of a hard time determining what the clues are mean in human language. At the end of the Jeopardy Watson and Brad were tied at 5,000 points apiece with Ken at 2,000 points. Then things started to take off during the Double Jeopardy round (round two) Watson build up a massive lead over 33,000 points more than 20,000 more than Brad who was the close competitor. At times during the round Trebek seems to be annoyed at Watson for answering every question right, the funniest moment of round when Watson made a ridiculous bid on the daily double question; but it got the question right. Best moment of the Match for us humans, was during Final Jeopardy where Watson guess 'What is Toronto?' for a U.S city. I guess that is best news for computers not being human.

Recap of Match 2 will on tomorrow so stay tune, and watch the conclusion of the Challenge tonight on your local television stations.   

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