Program powered by an IBM Power7 server will compete against "Jeopardy" superstars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a contest to air in February.
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.
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.
Supercomputers have come a long way since Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov. IBM's latest, Watson, is entering US TV show Jeopardy -- with $1m up for grabs.
On Friday, Reporters' Roundtable welcomes two experts to discuss the differences between human brains and their silicon simulations.
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.
Having stomped upon two Jeopardy greats, IBM's Watson supercomputer decides to show his human side in a splendid performance of sucking up and yucks on "Conan." Until he gets smashed up, that is.
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.
Big Blue announces its 2011 Fellows, eight winners of the company's "most prestigious technical honor." Among them is David Ferrucci, who led the team that built a supercomputer capable of beating the world's-best "Jeopardy" players.
In the second of three nights of the IBM Challenge, supercomputer Watson dominates and even shows inadvertent humor.