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Two of the best Jeopardy! contestants to ever play the game go up against a literal answer-questioning machine for a $1 million showdown.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Alex Trebek
Clue Crew Jimmy McGuire
Kelly Miyahara
Sarah Whitcomb
Announcer Johnny Gilbert
Creator Merv Griffin
EP Harry Friedman
Packager Jeopardy Productions & Sony Pictures TV for CBS Television Distribution
Origins TJ Watson Research Center; Yorktown Heights, NY
Web www.jeopardy.com
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Part 3
February 16

Last time, Game 1 of our two-game affair ended with a decided victory for machine, but don't count man out just yet, as Brad and Ken are two of the best players Jeopardy has to offer. Will one of them mount a rally and bring humanity the victory for which it longs, or will Watson's triumph be total? There's a million on the line for the victor, $300,000 for the first runner-up, and $200,000 for the second.

The scores going into the deciding game of the match...

Ken Jennings
Seattle
computer programmer & author
74-game winning streak
Watson
Yorktown Heights, NY
IBM deep question-answering supercomputer
Brad Rutter
Los Angeles
aspiring TV host & actor
Ultimate champion
$4,800 $35,734 $10,400

A few things to note before we continue...

1) As stated before, the real computer is next to the taping area. What stands behind the podium is Watson's avatar.

2) Watson can neither hear nor see. It will receive all clues electronically as a text-file.

3) If Watson has a high coefficient of confidence in an answer, the rays will turn green. If it's either-or, the rays will turn yellow. If his answer is wrong, the rays will turn red. And as we've seen in companion pieces to this match, Watson will have to analyze the clues and look for key words that will match. So there is a chance that Watson will ring in with an incorrect response.

4) Speaking of ringing in, Watson has a "buzz threshold". If a given response is not up to that threshold, he will not ring in. In that, he is just like any other Jeopardy! contestant. It knows what it knows, and it knows what it doesn't know.

Jeopardy! round...

EU,
THE EUROPEAN
UNION
ACTORS
WHO DIRECT
DIALING FOR
DIALECTS
BREAKING
NEWS
ONE BUCK
OR LESS
ALSO ON YOUR
COMPUTER
KEYS

After the break, Brad and Ken reveal that 50 percent of their winnings will go to a charity of their choosing, while IBM will donate the entire sum of its winnings to charity should Watson win.

- Brad is playing for the Lancaster County Community Foundation.
- Ken is playing for VillageReach, a Seattle-based nonprofit.
- Watson is playing for World Vision and World Community Grid.

Daily Double: $600 Breaking News. Ken has $3600 to Watson's $4400 and Brad's $600. "I'm in bad shape here. I can either unplug Watson or bet it all, so I'm just gonna bet it all. True Daily Double." For $7200 or nothing at all... Senator Obama attended the 2006 groundbreaking for this man's memorial, 1/2 mile from Lincoln's. "Who is Martin Luther King?" Correct for $7200!

At the end of Jeopardy!...

$8,600 $4,800 $2,400
Ken Watson Brad

Ken's on a roll. Can he keep it going in Double Jeopardy!?

NONFICTION LEGAL "E"s WHAT
TO WEAR?
U.S.
GEOGRAPHIC
NICKNAMES
MAGICAL
MOUSE-TERY
TOUR
FAMILIAR
SAYINGS

Daily Double #1: $1200 Nonfiction. Watson trails with $8400 to Ken's $10,200. Brad's still in it with $3600. He wagers $2127 on this: the New Yorker's 1959 review of this said in its brevity & clarity it is "unlike most such animals, a book as well as a tool". "Let's try what is Dorothy Parker?" At 14% confidence, it's barely an effort... and a bad one. It was "The Elements of Style", which he had at 10%. He's down to $6273.

Daily Double #2: $1600 Legal "E"s. Watson has $15,073 to Ken's $17,000. He bets just $367 on this: this 2-word phrase means the power to take private property for public use; it's OK as long as there is just compensation. "What is eminent domain?" Correct for $15,440.

At the end of Double Jeopardy!...

$18,200 $23,440 $5,600
Ken Watson Brad

Six words... The challenge is Watson's to lose.

Final Jeopardy! category: 19th CENTURY NOVELISTS

 

WILLIAM WILKINSON'S "AN ACCOUNT OF THE PRINCIPALITIES OF WALLACHIA AND MOLDAVIA" INSPIRED THIS AUTHOR'S MOST FAMOUS NOVEL

 

Correct response: who is Bram Stoker?

Brad's response: who is Bram Stoker? RIGHT. Wager: $5600. Total: $11,200.
Ken's response: who is Stoker? (I for one welcome our new computer overlords) RIGHT. Wager: $1000. Total: $19,200.
Watson's response: Who is Bram Stoker? RIGHT. Wager doesn't matter.

All hail machinery!

$4,800 $35,734 $10,400
+19,200 +41,413 +11,200
$24,000 $77,147 $21,600
$300,000
1st RUNNER-UP
$1,000,000
CHAMPION
$200,000
2nd RUNNER-UP

So to answer the question, "Can we design a computer that has a working understanding of natural language, including puns and turns of phrases?", ... yes. Now we just hope and pray that this thing doesn't become self-aware. We've all seen what could happen with THAT.

Tomorrow... perhaps the men and women of the future who will design something to surpass Watson's abilities... the annual Teen Tournament. We'll have coverage and analysis on that right here, so join us, won't you?

To read all about the challenge and the contestants, go to www.jeopardy.com. To learn more about Watson, go to www.ibmwatson.com.