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
Despite Watson's early lead, Jennings closed the gap, doing well on the "Children's Book Titles" category. Watson finished the two-minute round with $4,400 to Jennings' $3,400 and Rutter's $1,200.
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