IBM's Watson preps for a fall Jeopardy showdown with humans

Summary:IBM's "Watson" computer, which is designed to rival the human mind, is planning a Jeopardy showdown with champion level players this fall.

IBM's "Watson" computer, which is designed to rival the human mind, is planning a Jeopardy showdown with champion level players this fall.

Beginning in September, Watson will play 50 games of Jeopardy with former champions of the human variety.

According to David Ferrucci, leader of the Watson project team, the 50 game series is designed to provide enough data to judge Watson's reasoning ability. IBM will "publish detailed results of what worked, what failed and why," said Ferrucci.

At IBM's blogger day Tuesday, Ferrucci walked through multiple slides---most of them off record and frankly over my head---detailing Watson's schema and how it worked compared to a search engine or database. Watson is currently in training for its next round of Jeopardy games. The creation of Watson is part of IBM's DeepQA project, which is designed to make smarter computers that can interact with humans.

Ultimately, the know-how behind Watson will make it to real world business apps.

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Topics: Mobility, IBM

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