Watson plays 'Jeopardy!' with members of Congress
Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.), Rush Holt, (D-N.J.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) all challenged the supercomputer.
Holt, a five-time Jeopardy winner and nuclear physicist, was the only member to beat Watson in a round of the game, earning $8,600 to Watson's $6,200. Overall, Watson pulled in $40,300 to the members' $30,000.
The focus of the evening extended beyond the novelty of pitting the lawmakers against the machine, and IBM wanted to emphasize the more practical applications of Watson's technology.
"The simulated match with Watson and congressional members tonight is more than a trivia contest," Christopher Padilla, vice president, IBM governmental programs said in a release. "The technology behind Watson represents a major advancement in computing. In the data-intensive environment of government, this type of technology can help organizations make better decisions and improve how government helps its citizens."
| March 1, 2011; 12:54 PM ET
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