The Scariest 'Jeopardy' Ever
If robots can replace players on Jeopardy, what will they be doing next?
An IBM computer named “Watson” swept Jeopardy all-stars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in the final round Wednesday, winning $1 million dollars. (Insert follow-up question, here: what will a computer do with $1 million dollars)?
The money is going to charity of IBM’s choice. Jeopardy champs, Jennings and Rutter didn’t leave empty ended. In addition to walking away with bruised egos, second place winner Jennings, received $300,000, and Rutter rounded out the pack with $200,000.
Jennings, who has won 74 consecutive games, said it was like most matches, except for one thing.
“Indeed, playing against Watson turned out to be a lot like any other Jeopardy! game, though out of the corner of my eye I could see that the middle player had a plasma screen for a face,” he wrote on “Slate”
Watson, in fact, faced physical handicaps in test rounds. He couldn't hit the buzzer. A mechanical button was customized for him, and the rest is going down in Jeopardy history. Not only did Watson score big, the series helped the show earn its biggest ratings in six seasons.
It’s almost hard to believe, but here’s a sample of how it went down.
Alex Trebek: “Even a broken one of these on your wall is right twice a day.
Watson: What is clock?
Trebek: Clock is correct. And with that, you move up to $23,000...
How does Watson plan on topping the win? He won’t be going to Disneyland, but he may be seen in a hospital near you. Columbia University Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine have signed on with agreements to utilize the Watson technology, but it will be at least two years before it used on patients. Watson may prove helpful in sifting though large amounts of medical information and providing doctors with insight for diagnosis.