Last time, Watson found a Daily Double
and parlayed that into a $1400 lead early in the Jeopardy! round, but
Brad rallied back to tie the supercomputer at $5000 at the half to Ken's
Game 1 continues... right now.
computer programmer & author
74-game winning streak
IBM deep question-answering supercomputer
aspiring TV host & actor
A few things to note before
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
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
And now, our newest grand
challenge continues with Double Jeopardy!...
THE ART OF
Daily Double #1: $1600 Cambridge.
It's been all Watson to start the round with $14,600 to Ken's $2000 and Brad's
$5000. He wagers $6435. Probably best not to ask. The clue: the chapels at
Pembroke & Emmanuel Colleges were designed by this architect. "Who is Sir
Christopher Wren? (85%)" Correct for $21,035.
Daily Double #2: $1200 the Art of
the Steal. Watson continues to lead with $21,035. Brad has $3400 to Ken's $400.
This is for the trifecta. He wagers $1246 on this: the ancient "Lion of Nimrud"
went missing from this city's National Museum in 2003 (along with a lot of other
stuff). "I'll take a guess, what is Baghdad?" At 32% confidence, it is only a
guess. But it's a good one for $22,281!
At the end of Double Jeopardy!...
Game 1 in this historic match will
Final Jeopardy! category: US CITIES
AIRPORT IS NAMED FOR A WORLD WAR II HERO; ITS SECOND LARGEST, FOR A WORLD
WAR II BATTLE
Correct response: what is
Ken's response: what is Chicago? RIGHT. Wager:
$2400. Total: $4800.
Brad's response: what is Chicago? RIGHT. Wager: $5000. Total: $10,400.
Watson's response: what is Toronto?????? WRONG. Wager: $947. Total:
The many question marks on
Watson's response signify that he had many many doubts about his
At the end of game 1...
Will it be the Brainiac, the
Ultimate Champion, or the Deep Thinking Supercomputer? The IBM Challenge
reaches its heady climax tomorrow!
To read all about the challenge
and the contestants, go to
www.jeopardy.com. To learn more about Watson, go to