IBM Supercomputer verses Jeopardy Champs

It’s man verses machine, as IBM’s Watson computer is set to take on Jeopardy champs in Upstate NY. Jeopardy champs will go one on one with Watson, with the winner taking home one million dollars!

A practice round was set for today.

The computer has been programmed to deal with Jeopardy’s unique way of asking questions, including riddles and play on words. According to FoxNews, the challengers will take on a very impressive machine: 

The system, which is powered by 10 racks of IBM servers running the Linux operating system and has 15 terabytes of random-access memory, or RAM, has been in the works for four years. It has digested encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, news, movie scripts and more, IBM says. It has access to the equivalent of 200 million pages of content. It is not connected to the Internet, so it does not do Web searches.

IBM’s Watson website has complete background information on the project including several videos.

~ by D. Dieterle on January 13, 2011.

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