For Jeopardy fans: The not-so-smart computer
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IBM's Watson, the world's first computerized Jeopardy contestant, has ended round one of a historic man-vs.-machine tournament in a tie with one human player and substantially ahead the other.
Human player Brad Rutter and the supercomputer were tied at $5,000 last night -- the first night of a three-day game. The other challenger, human Ken Jennings, was in third place with $2,000.
Rutter (the show's all-time money-winner with $3.25 million) and Jennings (who has the longest winning streak at 74 games) are the most successful players in "Jeopardy!" history. Watson, named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, is powered by 10 racks of computer servers running the Linux operating system.
The winner of the exhibition tournament will collect $1 million. The games were taped at the IBM research center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., last month. Both men and Watson, so far, have kept the final outcome a secret.
Does all this brilliance makes you feel dumb? Then we have a diversion: possibly the world's dumbest computer.
As you play along tonight and finally acknowledge that you've got zero chance of beating Ken Jennings or anyone/anything else on the show, hit the button on our "computer"and have a little fun generating some real D.C. answers. (Short link: http://wapo.st/dumbcomputer).
Have some D.C. answers of your own?
Tweet Post them in the comments below, and you just might see them in the generator tonight.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Some #stumpwatson queries from inquisitive readers:
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| February 14, 2011; 5:48 PM ET
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