Watson a game-changer for science

Supercomputer outsmarts humans in historic Jeopardy! competition

By Susan Gaidos, 14:42 PM May 4, 2011

Jeopardy

Here’s the clue: It is quick on the buzzer and stuffed with the equivalent of one million books, and it can beat you at Jeopardy!

The answer: What is Watson?

Watson is the IBM supercomputer that became a whiz at Jeopardy!, the long-running television quiz show. In a February 2011 showdown, the brainy machine beat out the two best-ever human Jeopardy! champs.

Sure, Watson can sift through trillions of pages of text per second, but did scientists spend all that time building a machine jus...

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