Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, the two most successful champions in “Jeopardy” history, will face off against an artificial intelligence program developed by IBM. Jennings, who owns the longest winning streak in show history (74), and Rutter, who’s won $3.3 million during his appearances on “Jeopardy,” will battle against an A.I. program called Watson for $1 million over the course of two episodes that will air in February.
“Watson” is named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson. IBM said its on-screen appearance will be represented by a round avatar.
The computer has already been tested in some 50 games against past “Jeopardy” champions. But neither IBM nor “Jeopardy” representatives would say what “Watson’s” record was.
IBM is hoping the technology it exhibits will have some practical uses eventually, for instance helping doctors diagnose illnesses or solving customer problems at technical support centers. [KC Star/AP]
Awesome. “One day, we hope this will help doctors and scientists. But for now, look! It’s on a game show!”