February 15th, 2011

PC keyboard

Watson, come here. I want you.

The above words were supposedly the first spoken over the telephone. But Watson is also the name of the IBM supercomputer currently competing in a Jeopardy tournament against human champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. The tournament started last night and continues through Wednesday.

Tune in to ABC tonight if you want to see something that comes pretty damn close to a limited form of artificial intelligence. As someone who has written AIs as characters, I figure it's almost my duty to watch, and I plan to post about it after the tournament is over.

You can play along and see if you could beat Watson. So far, he's (it's?) tied for first place.

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