In the first of three rounds of Jeopardy!, Human beings(former Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter) and Watson-the IBM supercomputer-faced off in intellectual combat in order to determine if in fact machine is smarter than a man.
So far, it's a dead heat.
The first night of competition ended with Watson and Brad Rutter with a score of $5000 in Jennings with a score of $2000.
IBM trumpets Watson, which has been in development for years and has the processing power of 2,800 "powerful computers," as a major advancement in machines' efforts to understand human language. The computer receives clues through digital texts and then buzzes in against the two other "Jeopardy!" contestants like any other player would. It juggles dozens of lines of reasoning at once and tries to arrive at a smart answer.
Up until the first commercial break Watson seem to be a dominant force, jumping to an outstanding $5200 lead. But then a technical bug seemed to affect the machine, allowing it’s fleshy competitors an opportunity to catch up.
Round two and three will air on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. Check local listings for details.