Watson's human-like artificial intelligence beat both Jeopardy rival champions in a dry run as reported in the trade sites on January 14, 2011. Canadian Broadcasting in Computer beats Jeopardy! champs
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2011/01/14/computer-jeopardy.html, reported, “Later, the human contestants made jokes about the Terminator movies and robots from the future.”
The Register's Timothy Prickett Morgan in http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/14/ibm_watson_jeopardy_dry_run/ referred to IBM Watson's avatar as the evil Skynet. In that article, Watson beats humans in Jeopardy! dry run, Morgan noted that Watson is a Linux cluster of IBM POWER7-based p750 servers. For a pundit who mentioned how the Watson Jeopardy event is perhaps a veiled marketing ploy, he gratuitously added, “Watson QA software is running on 10 racks of these machines, which have a total of 2,880 Power7 cores and 15 TB of main memory spread across this system. The Watson QA system is not linked to any external data sources, but has a database of around 200 million pages of "natural language content," which IBM says is roughly equivalent to the data stored in 1 million books.”
It was stated in several reports that Watson has some issues with language ambiguity as a challenge. Perhaps this makes Watson more human-like than we think as interpreting ambiguity in speech is generally a learned ability.
Myth has it that Discovery One Spacecraft's HAL9000 computer name in 2001: A Space Odyssey is a one-letter-shift from the letters IBM as in IBM9000. I suspect we should start worrying when the next generation of IBM lip-reading, human-like technology argues with us as in the classic “open the pod bay doors”... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkyUMmNl4hk