Great news: Supercomputer utterly destroys all-time champs on Jeopardy

Mankind put up a fight in the first round, but the second round was all machine. The good news: For once, Time magazine is right. The Singularity is near, my friends.

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The bad news: We all know how this story ends.

The computer brained its human competition in Game 1 of the Man vs. Machine competition on “Jeopardy!”

On the 30-question game board, veteran “Jeopardy!” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter managed only five correct responses between them during the Double Jeopardy round that aired Tuesday. They ended the first game of the two-game face-off with paltry earnings of $2,400 and $5,400, respectively.

Watson, their IBM supercomputer nemesis, emerged from the Final Jeopardy round with $35,734.

If James Cameron ever gets bored with making “noble savage” movies about Smurfs, he should do a Terminator prequel about the evolution of Skynet. First it wins game shows, then it moves into, er, social engineering, then it comes up with Stuxnet and takes down the world’s industrial infrastructure overnight. From there, it’s only a developmental hop, skip, and jump from burly killer robots with inexplicable Austrian accents emerging from the rubble.

Two clips for you, one from yesterday’s show of “Watson” fielding sports questions and the second a longer clip about how it works its magic. Fun fact: This isn’t the first time a man’s been defeated by a machine at Jeopardy. Word on the street is that Wolf Blitzer’s so bad, he once lost to a 2-XL.

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Beege Welborn 5:00 PM | June 18, 2024
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