In 1997, an IBM computer known as Deep Blue was able to defeat human chess superstar Garry Kasparov. Today, the computer company is saying it has been able to match the gravity of that accomplishment in an achievement for the 21st century.
The second night of the three-night Jeopardy "man versus machine" battle aired last night, and after a while it really stopped being interesting and felt more like a bloodbath.
Nearly half a decade of hard work from some of the most intelligent computer engineers in the world, many of them holding PhD's in at least one field, culminated in an event that began on Monday. The results?
The time has come to see if a computer can actually possess the rational thought and skill needed to beat a human in the ultimate competition of knowledge - Jeopardy.
After years of planning, IBM's learning, human-aware computer Watson was put to a competition like no other - a match of Jeopardy against quiz show heavyweights Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. The result - Watson won. Barely.