(article by nerdbastards contributor Sarah Moran @SarahThisIs)
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The rise of the machines is here! Starting Monday, Jeopardy is debuting their first robotic contestant, the IBM Watson Supercomputer. First we taught robots how to deceive, now we’re teaching them to understand our everyday language. Humanity’s chances of winning trivia-based game shows are doomed.
In order to compete on Jeopardy Watson needs to understand, “questions posed in everyday English, including all the riddles, irony and word play typical of a Jeopardy game.” Thanks to some brainy IBM programmers with a knack for analytics Watson is, “a computer system that can understand natural language and deliver a single, precise answer.”
It will be facing off against Jeopardy legends Ken Jennings, known for his record setting 74 game winning streak, and Brad Rutter, the Jeopardy winner who scored the most cash ever, $3,255,102. And how will this computer fair against two of Jeopardy’s top competitors? Watson’s already proven itself during its 50 training games by beating two thirds of Tournament of Champions contestants, and it has Jennings a little concerned,
“I think, would I win two thirds of all games against Tournament of Champions players? I don’t know if I would, that’s not something I’ve ever had to do. I don’t think I’ve ever been the underdog on Jeopardy, but I think I am this time.”
Check out the video below for what to expect from Watson and the upcoming Jeopardy tournament or visit ibmwatson.com to learn the secrets of its creation. And be ready to bend the knee to our new leader, all hail Watson, heir to the WOPR, and supercomputer of the age!