Supercomputer that wins at Jeopardy begins new era of computers that make you feel even dumber

Future version to include AI that, after being victorious, gloats and makes fun of ‘yo mama.’

From CNN:

In a 15-question round, Watson fielded about half of the questions — and got none wrong. The computer netted $4,400, nearly quadrupling Rutter’s score and beating Jennings by $1,000.

Jennings and Rutter also sported a perfect track record on their answers. The final margin seemed to come down to who could buzz in the fastest.

The real competition will be a series of matches that will air on television on February 14, 15 and 16. First place wins a cool million, second place takes home $300,000 and third place nets $200,000.

If number of processors is any indication of how quickly supercomputer-class hardware migrates to consumers, we can expect the same capabilities in desktop hardware in about 17 years[1].


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