Report on the ‘Jeopardy’ Man Vs. Machine Match Demonstation

Jan 14, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Updated at 9:52 a.m. on Jan 14, 2011 to reflect that this was a demonstration and not the actual exhibition match itself. The exhibition match itself will actually be taped later today in New York.

‘Jeopardy’ has shown parts of a demonstration that it has done in preparation for an exhibition match pitting man vs. machine.

The idea is to test the abilities of IBM’s super-computer called "Watson," and  it’s seems–at least in parts of the demonstration that was shown,  that the machine has the edge, reports the New York Post.

Watson, which was developed over four years by IBM, was pitted against "Jeopardy" champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in the demonstration test match on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011..

The results were what the article calls a "stunning effect." Watson "quickly cleared out the entire first category without the humans getting even a buzz in," the story notes.

The computer will compete in the first-ever man versus machine "Jeopardy" TV competition, to be aired on Feb. 14, 15 and 16. That match will be taped today, Jan. 14, 2011.

According to the article, the demo ended with Watson in the lead with $4,400, compared with Jennings’ $3,400 and Rutter’s $1,200.

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