Jeopardy and Ibm Watson Super Computer | Full Review | Jeopardy quiz Contest Results 2011

Today was a history-making day for the hit game show Jeopardy as they unveiled the single most intriguing contestant to ever take the podium and compete to win – they unveiled Watson.

Watson is a computer-generated contestant who scans a large (and by large, I mean enormous) database of information to figure out the answers to the questions posed on the show. You can learn more in detail information on how exactly Watson works by clicking here.

Watson will be going head-to-head in a 3 day challenge in which he hopes to win against Jeopardy title holders Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

Many people are having a hard time wrapping their heads around the concept of a computer competing against human beings but he seems to be kicking some serious ass so far.
Tonight is Watson’s first night of competition and he seems to be doing well so far. Going into the first commercial, Watson was leading with 5,200. Brad is at 1,000 and Ken is at a measly 200.
Can Watson really be smarter and quicker than Jeopardy’s best players? Seems like there’s a good chance.
Personally, I’d prefer a little more Jeopardy and a little less Watson. It’s not all about him. Who is he, the new Lady Gaga? Besides, it’s no fun playing at home when all of the answers are printed at the bottom of the screen (most of the time anyways).
What do you think of Jeopardy’s IBM Challenge – and do you think Watson has what it takes to win?
Update: By the end of the episode Watson and Brad were both tied at $5,000 while Ken trailed them both. Looks like it’s going to be a close competition.

What is Jeopardy?
Jeopardy! is an American quiz show featuring trivia in history, literature, the arts, pop culture, science, sports, geography, wordplay, and more. The show has a unique answer-and-question format in which contestants are presented with clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in question form.

The show has a decades-long broadcast history in the United States since its creation by Merv Griffin in 1964. It first ran in the daytime on NBC from March 30, 1964 until January 3, 1975; concurrently ran in a weekly syndicated version from September 9, 1974 to September 5, 1975; and later ran in a revival from October 2, 1978 to March 2, 1979. All of these versions were hosted by Art Fleming. Its most successful incarnation is the Alex Trebek-hosted syndicated version, which has aired continuously since September 10, 1984, and has been adapted internationally.

The current version of the show is produced by Sony Pictures Television (the successor company to original producer Merv Griffin Enterprises) and is distributed on television by CBS Television Distribution (the successor to original distributor King World Productions). However, Sony Pictures Television owns syndication rights to the series for GSN reruns[citation needed]. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment owns DVD rights, though it has only released a five-episode collection featuring some of the most memorable episodes of the current run. Jeopardy!'s 27th season premiered on September 13, 2010.[5]

IBM Super Computer
Over the last century, IBM has reached numerous scientific breakthroughs through its commitment to research and its tradition of Grand Challenges. These Grand Challenges work to push science in ways that weren’t thought possible before.
Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge poses a specific question with very real business implications: Can a system be designed that applies advanced data management and analytics to natural language in order to uncover a single, reliable insight — in a fraction of a second?

Who is Watson?
If this were a game of Jeopardy!, that would be the answer -- answered in the form of a question -- and the clue would read: This name, famous to devotees of English literature, is also the name of IBM's founder, and the name of an IBM supercomputer designed to win on Jeopardy!.
When Alex Trebek first heard the proposal to match a supercomputer against Jeopardy!'s champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a two-game, winner-take-all contest between man and machine, he thought: good idea. No more, no less.

A System Designed for Answers

Operating on a single CPU, it could take Watson two hours to answer a single question. A typical Jeopardy! contestant can accomplish this feat in less than three seconds. For Watson to rival the speed of its human competitors in delivering a single, precise answer to a question requires custom algorithms, terabytes of storage and thousands of POWER7 computing cores working in a massively parallel system.

Watch to find out how building smarter systems like Watson involves optimizing hardware and software into a solution greater than the sum of its parts.