Innovation Slideshow: Watson's Jeopardy Showdown: Man Vs. Machine

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-08-2011

Watson's Jeopardy Showdown: Man Vs. Machine

Answer: He is the man Watson is named for.

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Question: Who is IBM founder Thomas J. Watson?

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Answer: It is the number of POWER7 computer processors that make for Watson's "brain."

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Question: What is 2,880?

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Answer: It is the amount of raw data stored in Watson.

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Question: What is 75 gigabytes? (Which an iPod classic could easily handle.)

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Answer: It's the percentage of questions that an earlier incarnation of Watson answered correctly during an initial Jeopardy! test run in 2006.

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Question: What is 15 percent?

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Answer: It is the amount of time it took Watson to respond to a single clue in its first year of development.

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Question: What is "nearly two hours"? (It now routinely responds within three seconds.)

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Answer: He was the chess champion that Deep Blue, Watson's predecessor at IBM, beat in 1997.

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Who is Garry Kasparov?

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It served as Watson's original name.

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Question: What is "Blue J"? ("Blue" for Big Blue. "J" for Jeopardy. Trademark issues led to the eventual current name.)

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Answer: It is the number of Watsons that actually exist.

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What is "two"? (One Watson operates slowly for developmental purposes. The other is faster for Jeopardy! play.)

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Answer: It is the amount of money that Jennings and Rutter have combined to win on Jeopardy!

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Question: What is more than $5.7 million?

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Answer: It is the amount of money that will serve as the grand prize for the Watson/Jennings/Rutter.

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Question: What is $1 million? (Watson will donate 100 percent of his winnings to charity.)

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Answer: It is the mistaken answer Watson once gave in trying to identify Malcolm X.

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What is "Malcolm Ten"?

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