IBM's Watson computer ultimately proved to be too much for the humans in Jeopardy.
Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, two of the most successful players in Jeopardy, put up a spirited fight, but ultimately couldn't hang. Jennings foreshadowed the inevitable with his final Jeopardy answer. The answer: Bram Stoker. The subtext: "I for one welcome our new computer overlords."
The two day totals highlighted the extent of the victory for Watson.
- IBM's Watson had $77,147 at the end of two days.
- Jennings had $24,000.
- Rutter rounded out the festivities with $21,600.
Heading into the final Jeopardy round it appeared that Jennings had some momentum. But then Watson won a flurry of questions that appeared to suck the momentum out of Jennings.
The final Jeopardy category was 19th century novelists.
And the answer: William Wilkinson's "An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia" inspired this author's most famous novel.
The question---all three contestants got right---was Who is Bram Stoker? The ever-precise Watson wagered $17,973.
In the end, Watson was a natural on Jeopardy. It was even likeable with his quirks---very precise wagers and a robotic voice. If Watson is ultimately our computer overlord he at least seems jovial.