IBM's “Watson” Supercomputer Demolishes World's Top Jeopardy Players
A testament of man vs. machine will air on February 14th, 15th, and 16th when IBM's supercomputer "Watson" is pitted against the world's fiercest Jeopardy players, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, for a chance to win a cool $1 million. It took researchers four years to build Watson, a machine mastermind the size of ten refrigerators and equipped with complex algorithms capable of decoding the complexities of the human language (no small feat).
Watch below as Watson kicks ass in a practice round staged for the press last week. He won the 15-question round against Jennings and Rutter with a total of $4,400 to Jennings's $3,400 and Rutter's $1,200. Notably, none of the three players missed a question, but Watson was much speedier with the buzzer.
In close, a supremely creepy comment from one of Watson's IBM makers: "Watson doesn't have emotions, but Watson knows humans have emotions."
That means no nerves. No anxiety. Good luck, humans.