IBM’s Watson crowned the ‘King of Trivia’

February 17th, 2011 - 8:34 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Feb 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) When humans were paired against supercomputers in a trivia game, the humans were beaten ‘mercilessly’.

The mean machine called Watson was developed by IBM and in the end it was crowned the ‘King of Trivia’ when it won the Jeopardy! game after three days of contest. For its troubles Watson would be ‘walking’ away with the $1 million prize money.

IBM has announced that it would be donating the money to a charity.

Watson was not paired against just anybody. The supercomputer came face-to-face with two of the most successful Jeopardy players over the years. Ken Jennings has no human match when it comes to the most consecutive wins. He has won 74 games consecutively. The other contestant, Brad Rutter, has not been that successful in terms of consecutive wins but he has surely been highly successful when it comes to earnings on the show.

He has won a total of $3 million on the show and it is the most that any contestant has amassed on the show. That means humans assembled the best that they could under the circumstances.

Unfortunately it was not enough because at the end the machine amassed $77,147 compared to the $24,000 that Jennings had and Rutter’s $21,600.

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