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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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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.

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