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

  • Feb 14, 2011
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....

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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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Get the eBook version of Stephen Baker's Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything a month before the epic February 2011 event—a nationally-televised face-off between Jeopardy! all-time winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, and an IBM-engineered computer named Watson. The eBook’s final chapter will divulge the winner and analyze the match, and will be available to readers as a free update directly after the event finale airs.

What if there were a computer that could answer virtually any question? IBM engineers are developing such a machine, teaching it to compete on the quiz show Jeopardy. In February 2011, it will face off in a nationally televised game against two of the game’s greatest all-time winners, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Final Jeopardy tells the riveting story behind the match.

Final Jeopardy carries readers on a captivating journey from the IBM lab to the podium. The story features brilliant Ph.D.s, Hollywood moguls, knowledge-obsessed Jeopardy masters — and a very special collection of silicon and circuitry named Watson. It is a classic match of Man vs. Machine, not seen since Deep Blue bested chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov. But Watson will need to do more than churn through chess moves or find a relevant web page. It will have to understand language, including puns and irony, and master everything from history and literature to science, arts, and entertainment.

At its heart, Final Jeopardy is about the...

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