Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Rush Holt Beats Watson!

There's hope for humanity after all! :)

US Representative Rush Holt, nuclear physicist by training, beat IBM Supercomputer Watson in an untelevised contest of "Jeopardy".

At the finish, IBM supercomputer and “Jeopardy!” e-nonpareil Watson trounced four members of Congress tonight in a pitched battle of trivia. Only Rep. Rush Holt, a New Jersey Democrat and five-time “Jeopardy!“ winner, bested the machine.

Heckled by the crowd with shouts of “Go humanity,” the artificial intelligence powerhouse beat Reps. Bill Cassidy (R., La.), Jared Polis (D., Colo.), Jim Himes (D., Conn.) and Nan Hayworth (R., N.Y.). Watson is a computer system that can answer questions framed in natural language.

So it took a physicist to beat the supercomputer, while other so-called "brainiacs", including the infamous “Jeopardy!” champions Ken Jennings couldn't. Draw your own conclusion. :)

More coverage here.


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