Watson Wins Special Jeopardy Competition

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Watson got its start in Jeopardy but the hope is it can be used someday to keep people out of it.

The gigantic computer created by IBM specifically to excel at answers-and-questions left two champs of the TV game show in its silicon dust after a three-day tournament.

Watson earned $77,147, versus $24,000 for Ken Jennings and $21,600 for Brad Rutter. Jennings took it in stride writing "I for one welcome our new computer overlords" alongside his correct Final Jeopardy answer.

The next step is the world of medicine. Watson will be used experimentally to help doctors plow through blizzards of medical information.

But while computers can calculate and construct, they cannot decide to create. So far, only humans can do that.

And scientists say computers are a long way from that day.

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