Software // Information Management
News
1/24/2011
06:31 PM
Doug Henschen
Doug Henschen
Slideshows
Connect Directly
LinkedIn
Twitter
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

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
Previous
16 of 17
Next


Rutter and Jennings had fun answering questions about the looming human-versus-machine showdown. "When Watson's progeny comes back from the future to kill me, I have my escape route planned," said Rutter, in a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Terminator movies. Asked how he managed to win 74 consecutive Jeopardy games, Jennings quipped, "I owe it all to Wikipedia." He then answered seriously that he and other top quiz show contestants seem to have sponge-like associative memory capabilities.

SEE ALSO:

What's At Stake In IBM's Jeopardy Challenge?

IBM Empowers Smarter Cities

10 Most Powerful Supercomputers

Previous
16 of 17
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Agile Archive
The Agile Archive
When it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014
Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.