Former winners fight against computer in Jeopardy!

February 15th, 2011 - 8:52 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York City, Feb 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The last episode of the show “Jeopardy” did put humans against a machine.

Former winners of the show, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, were bought face to face with the supercomputer that was christened Watson. The supercomputer is equipped with an artificial intelligence program that accepts questions and based on the information in its server gives out the answer.

As many predicted Watson made some petty mistakes. Though it shocked some, 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 was held. 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.

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