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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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Set your DVRs for the Jeopardy episodes airing February 14, 15, and 16, 2011. The three shows were all taped at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on January 14, but outcome is a secret until the shows air. The PBS Nova special "Smartest Machine on Earth: Can a Computer Win on Jeopardy?" airs February 9. And Stephen Baker's book, Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything, hits stores February 17."

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