Hope for Mankind? NJ Congressman Beats IBM's Watson at 'Jeopardy!'
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An untelevised 'Jeopardy!' game held last night (Feb. 28) between the IBM Watson supercomputer and Representative Rush Holt, a Democratic Congressman from New Jersey, turned out rather differently than the famous matches of two weeks ago. This time, the human won.
At the final count, Holt had $8,600, while Watson straggled behind with a mere $6,200. That outcome stands in stark contrast to the results from the recent three-day televised competition between Watson and the two biggest 'Jeopardy!' winners of all time, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Watson pounded those two into the ground.
Granted, Rep. Holt is a rocket scientist, and a five-time 'Jeopardy!' champion… but still. The Watson supercomputer isn't yet as omniscient as Hal 9000, and there's hope left for mankind after all.
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