Daily Archives: February 16, 2011

Man v. Machine

From left: Ken Jennings, Watson, and Brad Rutter.

In the battle between man and machine, machine wins — most of the time. And the bout on Jeopardy! is no exception. The IBM computer named Watson took on two kings of Jeopardy! trivia for a battle of wits and speed. Ken Jennings, a 74-time champion of the famous quiz show, and Brad Rutter, who one 20 consecutive games, were no match for the supercomputer.

Surprised? This is akin to Deep Blue’s (a computer) 1997 victory against world chess champion Garry Kasparov. But don’t ever underestimate the power of man. Someday, we will find a way to beat the computer at its own game. But until then, it is what it is.