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In the final round of "Jeopardy", Watson tries to pretend he was human, but he just couldn't make enough mistakes. He came out the winner. While humanity just sat and stared.
Who better to watch the final episode of the match among 'Jeopardy' champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and IBM supercomputer Watson with than a large group of IBM researchers? CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman was on hand to do just that.
After this story was published, we heard from Michael Bicks that it was not, in fact, Watson that crashed during the show's taping. He would like to make clear the following: "I missblogged last night--It was not Watson, but the system that was the interface between Watson and the Jeopardy computer, completely separate from Watson, that crashed during the taping."
CNET contributor Katie Linendoll gets to try a round against the lightning-fast IBM computer in advance of its stint against two "Jeopardy" champs.
In the first of three nights playing against two great "Jeopardy" champions, IBM supercomputer Watson scores well but shows precious little character. He also made howling errors.
While early reports from the producers of PBS' "Nova" indicated that the taping of Watson's battle against human champions took more than four hours due to the computer crashing, that turned out not to be accurate.
Years of research and development went into IBM Research's Watson, a computer with the ability to process human language in such a way that it's capable of challenging the most formidable game-show knowledge champions.
45 Minutes on IM: Eric Brown, a manager on IBM Research's Watson project, talks with CNET about building a computer that may be able to beat the world's best 'Jeopardy' players. He's confident the computer can emerge victorious.