Recap Of ‘Jeopardy’: Jennings & Rutter vs Watson

Written by Michael Lambarde on Feb. 16, 2011

In order to raise ratings in time for February sweeps, the popular daytime game show Jeopardy recently brought back former big-time winners of the show, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, to face a robot computer that named Watson. According to what was introduced to the audience watching, Watson is equipped with an artificial intelligence program that accepts questions and based on the information in its server gives out the answer.

PHOTOS: Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and Watson on ‘Jeopardy’, including photos of the massive IBM computer

Even though Watson is a computer, it did end up making some mistakes, though. Though it shocked some watching at home, a computer science major, Sam Spaulding, was not shocked because he believed that, “One common misunderstanding about Watson is that he’s not connected to the Internet… He’s just packed with dictionaries, novels, atlases, maps, newspapers and other sources of information that give him access to the right answers.”

The machine was developed by IBM and during a break of the show, the show’s host Alex Trebek warned that the computer could neither hear nor see because it was just the representation of the computer.

The supercomputer was too huge for the auditorium where the game show was taped. The machine consists of 300 core processors, 15 trillion bytes memory and two refrigerators that prevent the processors from overheating. After the show, the machine tied with Rutter at $5,000.

Photos: Photos of the massive IBM computer; Jennings, Rutter and Watson on ‘Jeopardy’ stage


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