IBM computer taking on 'Jeopardy!' champs for $1M

By: Associated press
By: Associated press

Thursday, January 13, 2011

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (AP) — An IBM computer is about to show the world how quickly it can come up with an answer in the form of a question.

A hardware and software system named Watson is playing a "Jeopardy!" practice round Thursday against the greatest champions in the quiz show's history. A full game with a $1 million prize will be recorded later and televised next month.

The computer is challenging Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Jennings won 74 consecutive "Jeopardy!" games. Rutter won $3 million.

IBM says the computer rivals a human's ability to answer questions posed in natural language, not computer code. Unlike earlier computers, it can deal with "Jeopardy's!" subtleties of language, including puns and riddles.

The practice round takes place at an IBM facility north of New York City. "Jeopardy!" is based in Culver City, Calif.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.)

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