Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Jeopardy's IBM Challenge Day 3 - Watson Triumphant!

We start a fresh game - Watson draws first choice on the board, as if another advantage is needed. In the Single Jeopardy, Ken Jennings looks to start getting a rhythm going, with Watson unable to reach his "buzz threshold" of confidence for several questions in a row. I am also wondering if they adjusted his buzzer speed - the humans are beating him pretty regularly. Ken finishes Single Jeopardy with $8,400 after a gutsy $3k+ Daily Double, Watson at $4,600 and Brad at $2,300. We also get to see Ken say "Fitty Cent" and "DJ Danger Mouse".

In Double Jeopardy, Watson comes on strong to $23k, but Ken hangs in there at $18k, and Brad gets a few shots in for $5,600.

Final Jeopardy finds all three contestants providing the correct answer, and Watson betting big to take the challenge. Ken writes in after his response, "I for one, would like to welcome our new Computer Overlords" - has he been reading this blog?

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