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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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Watson had the correct answer -- "Who is Michael Caine?" -- to the clue "He's worth every penny as Alfred Pennyworth in a 'The Dark Knight'," but Ken Jennings beat the computer's response time. The category was "M.C. 5," so Watson clearly understood that the answer had to fit the "M.C." mold. That said, one has to wonder why "Major Critical" and "Marine Corps" were even considered?

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