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'Jeopardy' invites supercomputer Watson to destroy all humans

Watson If supercomputers would like to enslave us feeble humans one day, they'll have to beat us at our own game first -- so how 'bout a "Jeopardy" match?

They'll get their chance Monday, when "Jeopardy" champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter face off against Watson, the world's most advanced question-answering system, built by IBM.

Even "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek told us he feels a little threatened by this new robot genius. "When I met the IBM guys I said, 'Guys, I think it’s only five years away before you can come up with a computer who can host 'Jeopardy.' "

We'll bet he'd be extra impressed if that computer system could rock a classic Trebek mustache.

For more on Watson and its quest for world domination, read our story, "Ah, puny mortal, I will crush you with my brain."

-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Alex Trebek, Ken Jennings, Watson, and Brad Rutter. Credit: Associated Press.

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I don’t think its fair that Watson gets to process the question while the other two have to wait until the question is completely read. In that aspect Watson should be ready to press his buzzer sooner because he got a text, what a cheater.

Watson did not beat the other contestants it only beat them to the buzzer. The time from when a decision is reached in the brain to when the button is pressed is the deciding factor. Watson sends a signal at the speed of light where the humans cannot push the button at the speed of light once an answer is determined in their brain. The reacting champion is Watson but I dont think the answer champion is Watson. You could get a fairer competition if Watson had the same speed impediment to push a button as the human contestants.


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