Humans at Least As Smart As Supercomputers


Monday night, past Jeopardy! mega-champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter went head to hard drive against Watson, an IBM supercomputer designed to do battle with humans on the Alex Trebek–helmed game show. Rutter holds the record for most earnings in Jeopardy! competition — $3.25 million — and Jennings has the record for most consecutive wins on the show — 74. The results were mixed. After trailing in the first half, Rutter came back to tie Watson with $5,000 each, and Jennings finished with $2,000. The pair go up against Watson again Tuesday and Wednesday. [ArtsBeat/NYT]