Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cancel your Valentine's date


Or make a party out of it!!

I was driving home from D.C. by myself the other night and was listening to NPR's Science Friday. I don't know how I hadn't heard about this before then, but the segment was on IBM's Jeopardy challenge game against WATSON, a supercomputer. WATSON will go up against the beloved Ken Jennings and the lesser known but undefeated and bigger money winner, Brad Rutter. The competition will run over three days, Monday-Wednesday, normal Jeopardy time for your area.

Go here for your Final Jeopardy Party kit complete with Alex Trebek's mustache cut-out.

If you are REALLY interested, download the podcast from NPR (17 min) with the author of the book, "Final Jeopardy: Man VS. Machine and the Quest To Know Everything" (which can not be released until after the show airs.) They talk about how the computer was made over the last 4 years, very interesting.

Rumor has it, though, that Google has leaked the outcome of the competition so DON'T GO SEARCHING if you don't want it spoiled.

3 comments:

Mad Hadder said...

You know me and Jeopardy! I'm all over this one!!

Sara the Survivor said...

Man - I've been all over this one when Jeremy and I first heard about it in January. We watched it today (the kids and I) and were FASCINATED. Evan couldn't get over the fact that they were playing against a "computer." I will not pretend that I know what the heck they are talking about when it comes to WATSON but man - it was pretty cool. Can't wait for tomorrow!

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