WT Business Beat

By Nick Wakeman

Blog archive
Nick Wakeman

Watson off to fast start on 'Jeopardy!'

On the first night of competition, Watson, the IBM computer built to play "Jeopardy!", won $5,000, putting it in a tie for first place and $3,000 ahead of the second human it is playing against.

The competition continues tonight and Wednesday night.

Will Watson be crowned a "Jeopardy!" champion? Will humans prevail? And if one of the show's two past champions, Brad Rutter or Ken Jennings, wins, how much longer will humans be able to stave off Watson’s big brain?

Keep tuning in for answer to these questions.

In the interest of full disclosure, I wasn’t able to watch the match because of family responsibilities -- OK, the baby was crying and I had to wash bottles -- but I found a few stories that are worth a read:

Watson vs. the Humans, Night One

'Jeopardy!' debuts computer contestant Watson; WETA airs Watson documentary

Computer ties human as they square off on ‘Jeopardy!’

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Feb 15, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Reader Comments

Wed, Feb 16, 2011 head shots http://www.laphotospot.com

I love this idea, Watson, a computer, battling it out with 2 nerds. On the nerdiest show on TV. Nerds of the world are having a party. With lots of Koolaid and cake.

Tue, Feb 15, 2011 stonemason89

Wow, Watson is the 21st century version of Deep Blue. Amazing how powerful computers are these days.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here


  • POWER TRAINING: How to engage your customers

    Don't miss our Aug. 2 Washington Technology Power Training session on Mastering Stakeholder Engagement, where you'll learned the critical skills you need to more fully connect with your customers and win more business. Read More


    In our latest Project 38 Podcast, editor Nick Wakeman interviews Tom Romeo, the leader of Maximus Federal about how it has zoomed up the 2019 Top 100. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.