Watson, an artificial intelligence powered by IBM's latest, disgustingly-powerful POWER7 processors and the DeepQA natural language parser, will play Jeopardy against flesh-and-blood humans in February, for a $1,000,000 grand prize.
The game show announced on Tuesday that it'll be pitting Jeopardy stars, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter against the Power7 server that's been optimized for processing complex questions and giving answers quickly.
The human vs. computer Jeopardy showdown will air in 2011, February 14-16, with the two all-time most successful contestants being pitted against IBM Watson to win $1,000,000 while $300,000 and $200,000 are up for grabs for the runners-up. Both human stars have pledged that they will donate half of their winnings to charity, while IBM will donate 100%.
Watson has already beat former Jeopardy winners in internal testing, so it could be a very close battle indeed. Also worth noting is that PBS will air a documentary about the creation of Watson on February 9, just a few days before the game show.
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