IBM Watson returns to Jeopardy! September 12-14
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This week, IBM and Jeopardy! announced an encore presentation of the first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition between IBM’s “Watson” computing system and the show’s two greatest contestants -- Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. TV viewers can watch Watson compete against the two human champions in two matches played over three consecutive days. The episodes will air on September 12, 13 and 14, 2011. You can read more in the press release.
I was thrilled when I read my Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) alumni newsletter announcing that Dr. David Ferrucci, IBM's lead scientist on Watson and 1994 RPI PhD graduate, will bring Watson to RPI's homecoming reunion Saturday, October 22, 2011: "Dr. Ferrucci will discuss how Watson was built by a team of IBM researchers who set out to accomplish a grand challenge––build a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence. Dr. Ferrucci’s talk will be followed by a trivia game pitting Watson against teams of alumni and students."
My colleagues Scott Laningham and Todd Watson interviewed Dr. Ferrucci at the SXSW 2011 conference to glean special insights after IBM Watson's success during the Jeopardy! challenge. See Todd's blog and the video below.
Now, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. IBM keeps telling everyone that Watson was named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, but I believe that it was really named after Bunny Watson, the brilliant librarian played by Katharine Hepburn, in the 1957 movie, Desk Set. My proof? Did you see the opening credits in the movie? Didja?: "The filmmakers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of the International Business Machines Corporation."
As usual, here are my social media link tips for keeping up with all the social conversation on IBM Watson: