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New Jersey Democrat Beats IBM's Watson in Trivia Challenge

Share Last night, five members of Congress thought it would be fun to stage a trivia challenge against Watson -- the IBM supercomputer that made the world feel stupid last month on 'Jeopardy!'. As it did brainiacs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, Watson absolutely bulldozed its Congressional competition -- with one notable exception. Rep. Rush Holt, a New Jersey Democrat, actually defeated the...

Watson Thrashes Human Meatbags, Andy Richter Gets Revenge

Last night saw the final round of competition between Watson, the 'Jeopardy'-playing supercomputer, and the two contestants selected to represent all mankind. Our delegates performed admirably, but, at the end of the day, that bundle of neurons we call the human brain simply couldn't stand up to that room full of servers and the avatar with 42 "thought threads" (a nod to the greatest book ever...

Watson Dominates 'Jeopardy,' but Confuses Canada and U.S.

Yesterday saw Day Two of the great showdown between man and machine on 'Jeopardy.' So, how did Watson do? Well, to say he spanked Jennings and Rutter would be an understatement. But the supercomputer did suffer an embarrassing setback during Final Jeopardy. The category: U.S. Cities. Watson's answer: "Toronto?????" Apparently its vast database of knowledge doesn't include third-grade geography....

Watson Holds His Own on 'Jeopardy,' Fails to Entertain

Last night, IBM's Watson made his television debut, taking on two of the most successful champions in 'Jeopardy' history, Ken Jennings (winner of 75 matches in a row) and Brad Rutter (who holds the all-time Jeopardy cash winnings record). In the first round of play, the IBM supercomputer got off to a roaring start, trouncing the two champions early on. But Brad eventually caught up with Watson,...

Let's Get Ready to Ruminate! Man Vs. Machine on 'Jeopardy' This Week

After almost two years of steady hype (including a fascinating recent preview on 'Nova'), the 'Jeopardy' battle between mankind and machine finally goes down this week. Beginning tonight, the three-day war for trivia supremacy pits Watson, the IBM supercomputer, against 'Jeopardy' heroes Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Watson actually vanquished the two humans in a recent practice round, so...

China, IBM Develop City-Sized Cloud Computing Complex

China and IBM are teaming up to build a massive cloud computing and office complex. How massive? According to Computer World, it's the size of an entire city. The new center will cover an estimated 6.2 million square feet, with 646,000 square feet devoted to the data center alone. In total, the complex will be about the size of the Pentagon, though it will be spread out over a comparatively...

IBM's Watson Beats Humans in 'Jeopardy' Practice Round

When 'Jeopardy' legends Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter face off against IBM's Watson supercomputer next month, they'll be going up against a machine that clearly knows a thing or two about... well, everything. Yesterday, Watson went head-to-head in a practice 'Jeopardy' round against Jennings and Rutter -- the Ruth and Gehrig of televised trivia. Not surprisingly, all three contestants proved...

Computer Defeats Japan's Top-Ranked Human Shogi Player

Computers have been beating humans at games for a while now. Remember IBM's Deep Blue, which beat chess champ Gary Kasparov way back in 1997? More recently, IBM developed a supercomputer that could defeat a human at 'Jeopardy.' Despite these advances, computers haven't overthrown the human race -- yet. But, according to The Mainichi Daily News a computer dubbed Akara 2010 recently defeated...

CRUSH Software Helps Memphis Cops Predict Crime

Facing rising crime rates, the Memphis Police Department turned to a predictive crime analytics program developed by IBM back in 2006, thus making the threat of 'Minority Report' one step closer to reality. According to GovTech, the CRUSH (Criminal Reduction Utilizing Statistical History) software, which puts crime data on a digital map of the city, has helped the MPD reduce crime by 31-percent...

IBM Tells Employees 'Switch to Firefox'

Firefox commands enough market share to make it the world's second most popular browser, but Internet Explorer has always kept a significant lead thanks to its presence in the enterprise market. Microsoft is very good at making things easy for large businesses, and Mozilla showed little interest in approaching that market until 2007. But Mozilla's efforts to improve deploying and managing Firefox...

I.B.M.'s Jeopardy-Playing Watson Profiled, Optimize Your Outdoor Audio

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Watson, I.B.M.'s Jeopardy-playing supercomputer, gets profiled in the New York Times Magazine. See how you fare against a chunk of silicon that can understand...

IBM's Traffic Jam Tech Predicts Gridlock Before It Happens

Real-time traffic updates delivered to your GPS or cell phone are not particularly new. But, as Scientific American points out, there is a major limitation to these systems. Namely, most drivers are already on the road, and often already stuck in traffic, when they receive these alerts. This is because they're little more than live traffic reports and cannot predict what traffic may look like in...

Magician Makes a Bird Fly Out of an iPad, Muppets Used to Train IBM Staff

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Uchida Shinya, also known as the Salary Magician, decided to enliven his street act outside an Apple Store with the aid of an iPad. With showman's choreography and...

IBM's Zombie Traffic Lights Could Control Your Car

With hopes of preventing traffic accidents, IBM's latest patent could actually take control of your engine. As scary as that sounds, according to Engadget, the patent application is for a stoplight system that tells a car when to stop and go by sending remote signals to its engine. When you roll up to a red light, IBM would send a "stop-engine notification" to your vehicle. We're assuming there...

IBM Gives Malware-Infected USB Keys to Security Conference

Share If you're a hacker determined to prove your invincibility, what better place to make a statement than at high-profile event committed exclusively to information security? That's exactly what happened at this week's AusCERT conference, where, for the second time in as many years, organizers fell prey to a virus planted on USB keys handed out to delegates. "At the AusCERT conference this...