Monday, February 21, 2011

IBM Wins Jeopardy Quiz

IBM computing machine named 'Watson' has competed in a quiz show popular in the United States, Jeopardy! against the two most popular contestants, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. The match is the first man versus machine has been aired in mid-February at a local television station. Watson computing machine, named after the founder of IBM, Thomas J. Watson, built by a team of IBM scientists who are determined to achieve something extraordinary, to build a computing system that can emulate the human ability to answer questions posed in natural language with a fast, precise and convincing.

The format of Jeopardy! offer a real challenge because the instructions in this game requires participants to interpret what is implied, of irony, riddles and other complicated instructions. All this is a man advantage when compared to traditional computers.  Who has competed against Watson are two players Jeopardy! the most famous. Ken Jennings' record-breaking Jeopardy! by following the most consecutive games and won 74 consecutive games during the period 2004-2005. During compete in Jeopardy! he had pocketed the prize more than USD 2.5 million. While Brad Rutter broke the record number of prizes obtained by a player Jeopardy!, With total prizes of USD 3,255 million. This amount is the prize won by Rutter in 2000, plus prizes in three other tournaments.

The main prize in this game is USD 1 million for winning the first, second USD 300,000, and USD 200,000 for the third winner. Rutter and Jennings will donate 50 percent of the prize that they won to charity and IBM will donate the entire prize is won to charity. At the end of this match, Watson emerged as the main winner and won USD 77,147, Ken Jennings came second with USD 24,000, while Brad Rutter as the third winner to reach USD 21,600.

"For four years, our scientific team to develop Watson to be ready to face this challenge with its ability to quickly understand the instructions given in the Jeopardy!, Analyze the information to be accessible, to find the right answer, and answer questions with confidence," said Dr David Ferrucci, the scientist who led the team that created IBM Watson Research.  "Our team is very motivated by the possibilities that can be realized by the computing capability of this incomparable Watson to build a planet that is smarter and help mankind solve employment and improve their quality of life," he said. This spring, Watson played more than 50 training match against the participants Jeopardy Tournament of Champions! as preparation for his first appearance on TV.

In addition, Watson has attended and passed the test potential participants Jeopardy! which is usually followed prospective human participants. This gives confidence to producers Jeopardy! that this match would be attractive and competitive.  In addition to the Jeopardy!, Technology that supports Watson can be adapted to solve various problems and encourage progress in many areas. This computer can find the right information from mountains of data available and answer questions with confidence. This technology can be applied in such fields as health care, by helping to accurately diagnose the patient, improving help desk services online, provide specific information about a city for the tourists and the general public, serving customers via telephone, and others.

Watson is a new breakthrough in science in the ability to Question and Answer, or often called 'Q & A'. Software Power7 Watson uses IBM servers that are optimized to handle various jobs at the same time that Watson should be done at high speed in order to analyze the complicated language and give the right answer on Jeopardy clues!. This system consists of various technologies is closed (proprietary) which handles the command and data processing jobs simultaneously, in addition to analyze information in real-time.

Jeopardy!, Winner of 28 Emmy awards since in 1984, entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for record number of awards won by a TV game show. This event also ranked first in the category of syndicated quiz show with 9 million viewers each day. Jeopardy! produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. The event was distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp.

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