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Watson ties Brad Rutter on 'Jeopardy!' Outcome of man-versus-machine battle uncertain!

February 15, 2011 |  6:31 am



Score one for humankind! On Monday night, "Jeopardy!" champion Brad Rutter tied with IBM super- computer Watson at $5,000 apiece, while "Jeopardy!" all-star Ken Jennings took third place with $2,000.

At first it seemed as though Watson would crush us all: It scored 12 of the first 16 queries without getting a single one wrong. But after four incorrect answers, Rutter began to catch up.

Two nights remain in the match, and the competitors haven't even reached the Double Jeopardy or Final Jeopardy rounds. We won't bow to you yet, All-Powerful Machine That Will Inevitably Enslave Us!

-- Melissa Maerz

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