A TV first happened last night when Watson, an IBM supercomputer, took on two of the world’s best Jeopardy! players. And it did extremely well. Currently, Watson is tied for the lead in the first of three rounds. Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! airs tonight and tomorrow. Will Watson beat the Ken “74 wins in a row” Jennings or Brad “Biggest Money Winner” Rutter? You’ll have to tune in to find out.
Did you watch Jeopardy! last night? What do you think? Is this a sign that the computer is about to take over the world and humans will be used as a battery for the Matrix? I do find the engineering behind Watson to be beyond amazing. Making a computer that can understand human language well enough to play Jeopardy! is so beyond anything that IBM Deep Blue ever did.
While it would be cool to see Watson win Jeopardy!, I’m cheering for the human players. If Watson wins, I have a feeling that Skynet will be coming online and you know what that means!