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IBM Watson Hits Jeopardy to Destroy All Humans

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 62 comments

It's not self aware... yet.

IBM designed a computer that could beat a chess player. While a computer-run chess program isn't new, it was an achievement for a program to best the best chess player in the world.

Now more than a decade later, IBM has set out to own the game show of trivia known as Jeopardy. IBM and the game show have teamed up to deliver a special charity edition of the show where the top two human Jeopardy players faced off against IBM's Watson supercomputer and program.

The final show off is hitting the networks tonight, but the results are in and the machine beat out the humans. It was a convincing victory, but Watson still showed clearly that it was a machine more than an advanced human neural network.

On the first night, Watson tied for the lead with a human at $5000. The second night, Watson took a commanding lead with a score of $35,734 to $10,400 for Brad Rutter and $4,800 for Ken Jennings. The lead was stunning, but Watson also faltered when it gave the question of Toronto when the answer asked for a U.S. city. Oops.

Turn on the telly if you want to see puny humans getting served by machine, or check back later for the final tally.

Find out more about Watson on IBM's YouTube channel.

UPDATE: It's over. Watson finished with $77,147, compared to $24,000 for Jennings and $21,600 for Brad Rutter. Read more about the final day here.

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    dogman_1234 , February 17, 2011 12:51 AM
    The human brain is still, and always be, the greatest processor in the world.
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    tripplenipple1224 , February 17, 2011 12:54 AM
    Lol at the fact that "The Game" is highlighted in my bing ads in this article
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    jprahman , February 17, 2011 12:58 AM
    Skynet is here!!!!!!!!!!!
    As soon as this thing becomes self aware we're all screwed!
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    jhansonxi , February 17, 2011 12:58 AM
    Computers are more efficient and logical than humans and will eventually replace them in all occupations except that of politician - for that is the only job that requires a lack of logic.
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    abottig , February 17, 2011 1:03 AM
    dogman_1234The human brain is still, and always be, the greatest processor in the world.

    Tell Ray Kurzweil that.
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    dogman_1234 , February 17, 2011 1:12 AM
    abottigTell Ray Kurzweil that.

    While they may be more 'intelligent' than the human brain, there is other (logics) that we are more capable of processing: such as emotions, right-wrong, inter/intrapersonal processing.
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    liveonc , February 17, 2011 1:22 AM
    If "it" is given hands, can it play Crysis, & when "Skynet" takes over, will Terminator be able to find a Human Technician to fix it when it has a BSOD?
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    distortion , February 17, 2011 1:27 AM
    Strictly speaking Toronto isn't wrong. There are at least 3 Torontos in the US in SD, IN, and KS. The question doesn't ask for a uniquely US city name.
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    jprahman , February 17, 2011 1:27 AM
    will Terminator be able to find a Human Technician to fix it when it has a BSOD?

    It doesn't need a technician to fix the BSODs because it doesn't run Windows.
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    funnyman06 , February 17, 2011 2:14 AM
    jprahmanIt doesn't need a technician to fix the BSODs because it doesn't run Windows.

    What about a kernel panic?
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    dogman_1234 , February 17, 2011 3:00 AM
    If computer turn out like Skynet, they won't need kernel based language. They strictly go off their ternary interface.
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    GoldenI , February 17, 2011 3:24 AM
    In terms of occupation, a great portion of humans will be replaced by robots.
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    f-14 , February 17, 2011 3:47 AM
    posted 9:40 pm? are you kidding me marcus i read this around lunch time 11 hours ago on yahoo of all places. i was going to out scoop you guys, but i decided to go outside in this nice 52º weather and watch 4 feet of snow melt instead.
    man i suer hope global warming isn't a myth! i will be living in the tropics very soon if it isn't!
    i think i shall turn on every electrical appliance i have and burn some cardboard and tires and used motor oil!
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    f-14 , February 17, 2011 3:50 AM
    oops forgot to add, so how long until big blue can replace weathermen for local forecasts?!
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    joelmartinez , February 17, 2011 3:58 AM
    Not too worried we're more "creative" (american excuse for everything)
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    rantoc , February 17, 2011 6:37 AM
    All your bases are belong to us!
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    MaxTesla , February 17, 2011 9:30 AM

    Global warming does not mean that every day will be warmer than the last day, it means that the planet as a whole gets warmer over every 30 year period

    But of course some years will be colder and some will be warmer but the average of the whole planet will be warmer

    2010 did have some cold snaps here and there but the planet as whole was the warmest ever recorded

    But if you want every day to be warmer than the last day to be sure of global warming then by the time that happens it will all be lost
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    beayn , February 17, 2011 9:31 AM
    This computer is basically a database with a voice interface. It isn't capable of learning like Skynet.
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    g00fysmiley , February 17, 2011 11:18 AM
    hadn't heard of Ray Kurzweil ... i actually want to read his books now sounds interestng from the wiki page.

    as for the "oh machines can't replace hmans" welll yes and no... i have the idea of the hitchiker's guide to the galaxy... if self aware the simplest machines would probably be the happiest much like humans, but we couldn't possibly even imagine what if anythign thier motivations woudl be.. so no use speculating till either a terminator or a very nice courtious robot butler shows up or somethign in between... who knows
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    lamorpa , February 17, 2011 11:29 AM
    "The final show off"? What is that?
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