An I.B.M. supercomputer system named after the company’s founder, Thomas J. Watson Sr., is almost ready for a televised test: a bout of questioning on the quiz show "Jeopardy."
I.B.M. and the producers of "Jeopardy" announced on Tuesday that the computer, "Watson," will face the two most successful players in "“Jeopardy" history, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, in three episodes that will be broadcast Feb. 14–16, 2011.
For I.B.M., "Watson" is an important test of artificial intelligence. Scientists there have been talking to "“Jeopardy" about a man vs. machine match-up for the better part of two years. "If the program beats the humans, the field of artificial intelligence will have made a leap forward," John Markoff of The New York Times wrote in April 2009.
From The New York Times
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