Life-Altering Game-Show-Competing Computer of the Day: Having passed the standard test given to potential contestants of the game show, Jeopardy! announced today that the IBM supercomputer “Watson” was ready to face the show’s most successful contestants of all time, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. The double-header is scheduled for February 14-16, 2011.
“After four years, our scientific team believes that Watson is ready for this challenge based on its ability to rapidly comprehend what the ‘Jeopardy!’ clue is asking, analyze the information it has access to, come up with precise answers, and develop an accurate confidence in its response,” Watson research team leader David Ferrucci is quoted as saying.
No word yet on whether or not Watson will programmed to sound like Sean Connery.