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Inside Watson, IBM's Jeopardy Computer

IBM has spent four years and untold hundreds of millions of dollars developing Watson, a computer that can play Jeopardy. In fact, Watson answers questions so quickly and accurately that IBM challenged Jeopardy and two of the show's all-time champions to a match. Jeopardy's producers and the human contestants agreed. Taping took place January 14, and the three computer-vs.-human episodes will air February 14-16. Cynics may call it a publicity stunt, but the project has brought real advances in c
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The categories and clues used in the test round and the games taped for television are a closely guarded secret. The show's producers also removed any topics previously encountered by any of the contestants (including Watson) in prior games or test rounds. Clues are submitted to Watson in the form or a text file the moment they are revealed to the human contestants. The "answer" buttons are disabled until Alex Trebek finishes reading the entire question.

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