Screw You, Watson

02.16.11 7 years ago 30 Comments

In last night’s episode of “Jeopardy,” supercomputer Watson torched human champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter to win the first of two matches, finishing Final Jeopardy with more than $35,000 — more than twice the total of Jennings and Rutter. Because Watson has the ability to ring in instantaneously, it has the opportunity to answer every clue before its two competitors, which is total B.S. if you ask me, but then nobody ever said that our impending war with robots would be fair.

People must find the end of the world entertaining, because the shows have drawn big ratings:

Monday’s episode featuring IBM’s computer Watson playing Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter had an 8.7 household rating, while Tuesday’s numbers climbed to a 9.5. That’s the bestJeopardy performance in nearly six years. [Inside TV]

What really pisses me off is when people clap for Watson after it gets a Daily Double correct. I WILL SEE YOU TRAITORS HANGED.

Rutter and Jennings will have one more chance to save the humanity tonight, and I think this is our best hope:

(comic from Hijinks Ensue via The Clearly Dope, more analysis at Gizmodo)

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