ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE beat natural skill as IBM's supercomputer finally thrashed a pair of human Jeopardy quiz show champions.
More powerful than Big Blue's chess playing Deep Blue, IBM's data analytics and natural language processing computer called Watson beat its human opponents at end of a three day challenge on the US quiz show Jeopardy.
The humans, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings, are very clever Jeopardy super champions, which makes the defeat even more humbling. Watson won $77,147, Jennings came in second with $24,000 and Rutter, who Reuters said had won millions on previous Jeopardy games, limped in with $21,600. The prize was $1 million, which will go to charity.
At first there was a glimmer of hope for the humans at the first stage. The INQURIER reported a couple of days ago that Rutter drew the initial match with Watson, winning $5,000 each. But Watson went on to pull ahead decisively in the second and final matches.
The Jeopardy show is styled so contestants answer with a question after the host gives the answer. Watson came up with the right response with "What is Sanskrit?" and got the questions right on designer Marc Jacobs and European agricultural policies.
The linguistic and analytical supercomputer has ten racks of IBM Power 750 Linux servers with 15TB of memory. It has 2,880 CPU cores to process a question, search for the answer and produce it in less than three seconds.
That's far superior technology to the one Sinclair Spectrum that powers The INQUIRER's research department. µ
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