ibm watson ai jeopardy

Earlier today we gave you the run down on IBM’s Watson AI supercomputer, and now we have video of our would-be conqueror’s test match with two top Jeopardy players.

IBM only demonstrated a few minutes of the test match, but what was most impressive was just how natural Watson seemed at the game. Sure it sounds robotic, but Watson is choosing questions and formulating answers on par with top Jeopardy contestants Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. In three minutes of questioning, Watson ended up defeating both humans with $4,400 won, compared to Jennings’ $3,400 and Rutter’s $1,200.

What does this mean for the actual Jeopardy match between Watson and the two champs? I have a feeling both humans will be surprised at just how handily they’re defeated. The actual match is being recording over the next few days, but we won’t see it on television, or learn the results, until the Jeopardy episodes air on February 14 to February 16.

And if it does win, I’ll leave you with this one great quote from an IBM researcher who worked on the supercomputer, “Watson doesn’t have emotions, but Watson knows humans have emotions.”


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