“Jeopardy!” attempted to answer the ultimate quest of who will win the battle of man versus the machine. In its three-day Great Mind Challenge series, IBM’s very own supercomputer named “Watson” went against the show’s all-stars Ken Jennings , who currently holds the record of winning the most at 74 games, and Brad Rutter, the biggest money-winner.
Watson, named after Thomas Watson, was developed by IBM in New York. Watson’s participation in the show was actually a great publicity for IBM which hopes to someday create a similar technology to be used in hospitals and help desks. Some would recall that IBM was also behind Deep Blue, the supercomputer that beat chess champ Garry Kasparov in 1997.
During the Wednesday finale, Watson won a whopping $77,147. Second place went to Jennings with $24,000 and Rutter with $21,600. Ken Jennings was a good sport and congratulated Watson for his win, quoting The Simpsons when he wrote, “I for one welcome our new computer overlords” in his video screen.
“Jeopardy!” remains to be one of the most popular game shows in history since it first aired on US television in 1964 testing a player’s knowledge in a range of categories. To win, contestants are provided with clues and they need to supply the correct question.