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Can You Beat an Adaptive Computer at Rock-Paper-Scissors?

First Watson, now Rock-Paper-Scissors? Can't our flawed, spontaneous and nonsensical brains catch a break? The New York Times hosts a rock-paper-scissors computer that attempts to use patterns and frequent tendencies to beat its human foe. We tried reasoning our way through the game like we would with a human, but the results were crushing. Once we started clicking randomly, though, our...

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...

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...

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...

Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-Playing Computer, Trumps Humans

Readers, IBM has been developing a supercomputer that could compete with human brainiacs on the quiz show 'Jeopardy' -- and it scares the hell out of us. Let's forget, for a moment, that we've been transported back to 1997 when IBM's Deep Blue machine beat world-champion Garry Kasparov in a chess match, solidifying both hopes and fears that computers would one day outsmart their creators. (And...

IBM Supercomputer Hopes to Compete on Jeopardy

Years after building a computer called Deep Blue that gave chess champion Garry Kasparov a run for his money, IBM is now taking aim at another human-only intellectual pursuit -- 'Jeopardy!' IBM is developing a supercomputer, along with an accompanying program called Watson, to compete on the popular game show, and may even face off against the painfully brilliant Ken Jennings, who holds the...