Whoops, We Built a Supercomputer That Beats Us at Jeopardy!


Well, that was fast: Watson, the supercomputer designed by IBM to go head-to-head with humans on Jeopardy! (which is, you know, a totally necessary thing) handily beat competitors Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. The computer bungled the Final Jeopardy! “answer” — This city has its largest airport named for a World War II hero and a second airport named for a World War II battle — while both Rutter and Jennings got it right. (For the record, it’s Chicago.) But it still finished the match with $35,734, while Rutter came in second with $10,000 and Jennings trailed with $4,800.

Computer spanks humans on Day 2 of ‘Jeopardy!’ [CNN]