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Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything

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A book by Stephen Baker

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Jeopardy, Watson and IBM - Behind the Scenes in Final Jeopardy

  • Feb 14, 2011
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This is it. IBM's Watson is about to face off against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on Jeopardy in a man vs. machine showdown airing Monday through Wednesday, February 14-16, 2011. If you would like to read the utterly absorbing and fascinating behind-the-scenes story, then I highly recommend Stephen Baker's new book Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything.

The previous IBM challenge, when Deep Blue bested chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, was nothing compared to this. Jeopardy is a unique game that requires much more than a knowledge of facts. Final Jeopardy contains many hilarious stories of some of Watson's absurd answers due to misunderstanding the Jeopardy answers.

Final Jeopardy takes the reader on the entire journey, from when IBM came up with the idea to build a computer for a Jeopardy challenge, until the game is played. Readers will learn:

1. The Idea - How IBM came up with the idea for a Jeopardy challenge and what it saw as the biggest challenges and risks.

2. Jeopardy - The history of Jeopardy, its producer and contestants and how the game show wound up with its unique answer/question style.

3. Creation and Education - The creation and education of the Watson computer (originally called Blue J). The education was constant throughout as the team, led by David Ferucci, learned Watson's faults through mock games....

Continued at Jeopardy, Watson and IBM - Behind the Scenes in Final Jeopardy

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February 15, 2011
Sounds like a fascinating read!
 
February 14, 2011
i can't wait to watch this... thanks for the reminder. I'm really going to treat my wife to a special valentines day... sitting down to watch Jeopardy!!
February 14, 2011
That is what my husband and I are doing for Valentine's Day as well.
 
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