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Computer About to Play Jeopardy
by Eric Armstrong
February 4, 2011
Summary
Feb 14-16, IBM's "Watson" is going to be playing Jeopardy.

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This could turn out to be a historical event, like the one that pitted IBM's "Big Blue" chess machine against World Champion Gary Kasparov in a series of annual matches. (The matches were best of 7, as I recall, with one match per day for a week. The machine won the third time out.)

This time, the battle will be with words, against the top Jeopardy players of all time. The machine might just win the first time out, or it might be that it will take a few tries. It should be fun, whatever transpires.

About Watson: http://www-03.ibm.com/innovation/us/watson/

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Eric Armstrong has been programming and writing professionally since before there were personal computers. His production experience includes artificial intelligence (AI) programs, system libraries, real-time programs, and business applications in a variety of languages. He works as a writer and software consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. He wrote The JBuilder2 Bible and authored the Java/XML programming tutorial available at http://java.sun.com. Eric is also involved in efforts to design knowledge-based collaboration systems.

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