In case you haven’t heard, Jeopardy!’s three-day tournament begins tonight. It will feature Ken “I won 74-times- in-a-row on Jeopardy!” Jennings vs. Brad “I kicked Ken Jennings’ ass at Jeopardy!’s Ultimate Tournament of Champions” Rutter vs. IBM’s super computer Watson in a competition that pits man against machine.
Watson is “a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence.”
Watson’s ability to interpret language and provide an answer is certainly impressive. I have posted a video that airs a test run between the three contestants. Watson does surprising well after the first round by leading Mr. Jennings and Mr. Rutter.
The next three days should provide for some entertaining and interesting results as we will see how well Watson fares against its two human opponents after more than just a practice round.
Should Watson claim victory, I certainly hope it doesn’t pave the way to the building of Skynet!