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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What is the most epic Man versus Machine contest since 1997 for $1000 Alex?


Would you like to play a game?
2 Men + 1 Computer Enter.
1 Man OR 1 Computer Leaves.

The Marquee Billing: Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings vs Jeopardy champ Brad Rutter vs Supercomputer IBM Watson!

Answers will be asked, Questions will be given, Hearts will be broken! Cue "the final countdown" music. Oh yeah, sing it... It's the final countdown!!


The Ultimate Trivia Showdown of Ultimate TV Destiny is set to begin on February 14, 2011. It's all part of a fantastic experiment to see if a computing machine can out comprehend, out wit and out think real live, and might I add very smart, people in a live competition over the course of 3 days. That means Watson will use new natural language processing techniques from IBM Research, Business Analytics capabilites from Cognos and some cutting edge IBM hardware to step toe to toe with it's human counter-parts.


Here are the top 10 ways you can interact with IBM Watson and discover more about the technical bits and bytes of how a machine can learn to interact with us.
  1. Talk to IBMers about Watson with the #ibmwatson hashtag on twitter
  2. Play Watson in a Trivia Challenge game on the interactive magazine of NewYorkTimes.com
  3. Watch the stories about how a computer "learns" to compete with people: ibmwatson.com
  4. Friend a supercomputer named Watson on Facebook facebook.com/ibmwatson
  5. Follow and interact with @ibmwatson on twitter
  6. Watch videos about IBM Watson on youtube.com/user/ibm
  7. Interact with the social streams in one spot www.ibm.com/social/watson
  8. Keep up with blogs such as the Performance Perspectives Blog and Turbo Todd to name only two
  9. Learn more about previous Man vs Machine challenges – epic chess matches between Chess master Garry Kasparov and IBM Deep Blue from the 1990s via the IBM Research archive and Wikipedia
  10. Watch the shows live on TV 60 days from now. Check your local listing and program your TiVo or DVR

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