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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Is the Jeopardy IBM Challenge an enormous publicity stunt? Clips on YouTube have already generated hundreds of thousands of hits. And as seen here, more than a dozen television news crews were at a January 13 press conference along with scores of journalists, analysts and bloggers. That's just the beginning. PBS is planning a Nova special entitled "Smartest Machine on Earth: Can a Computer Win on Jeopardy?" But if Watson can't go toe-to-toe with Jeopardy champions, Big Blue runs the risk of exhibiting very red faces.
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