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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 9:34 AM

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.

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