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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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Looking dapper as ever at the Jeopardy IBM Challenge press conference, Alex Trebek, Jeopardy's host for 27 years, said he's hoping one of the humans will win. Asked if he will have personal interactions with Watson at the start of the Double Jeopardy round, Trebek said, "Watson can neither hear nor see, so I will not ask Watson any questions whatsoever. I will probably try to have fun at its expense."

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