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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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In the early going during the press test round, Watson quickly answered the first question and then rifled through all but the last clue in the category. The computer drew a big laugh when its gentle, male voice said, "Let's finish 'Chicks Dig Me'." Watson's confidence in potential answers is shown at the bottom of the screen on studio monitors (unseen by the human contestants). Orange indicates low confidence. Watson did not attempt to answer this question, though the correct answer was, indeed, "Neanderthal."

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