Watson’s Encore

September 3, 2011

Back in the beginning of this year, I wrote several times about IBM’s Watson, a massively parallel computing system designed to compete on Jeopardy!,  the popular TV game show.  A televised test match was held in February, pitting Watson against two of the long-running shows most successful champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.   Watson won handily, raising some interesting questions in the process; the whole experiment was fascinating to watch.  It also prompted some thought-provoking discussion of different approaches to answering unstructured queries.

This past week, IBM and Sony Pictures, the producers of Jeopardy!, jointly announced that there would be an “encore presentation” (that is, a re-run) of the Watson match this month.  The three half-hour shows are slated to air on September 12, 13, and 14, in the regular local Jeopardy! time slots.  (The Jeopardy! site has some short video ads promoting the match.)   I’m looking forward to watching it again.

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