IBM Research has spent four years building a computer named Watson that can challenge the best "Jeopardy" players of all time--and maybe even beat them.
The stage is set
The stage is set: An auditorium in IBM Research's headquarters in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., has been transformed into a stage for the IBM Jeopardy Challenge this weekend, which pits Jeopardy champions Brad Rutter (who holds the record for most money won on the game) and Ken Jennings (who won the most consecutive "Jeopardy" games) against Watson, a computer with the ability to process complex language queries.
Jimmy McGuire, a "Jeopardy" crew member who handles the television show's rehearsal game, quizzes Jennings, Rutter, and Watson on topics as varied as female archaeologists and notable children's books.
Underneath the auditorium where the IBM Jeopardy Challenge took place is Watson, the question-and-answer machine. Named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, the machine otherwise just looks like an innocuous data center.