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Smartest Machine on Earth Episode 1

What’s so special about human intelligence and will scientists ever build a computer that rivals the flexibility and power of a human brain? NOVA takes viewers inside an IBM lab where a crack team has been working for nearly three years to perfect a machine that can answer any question.

The scientists hope their machine will be able to beat expert contestants in one of the USA’s most challenging TV quiz shows — Jeopardy, which has entertained viewers for over four decades. “Artificial Intelligence” presents the exclusive inside story of how the IBM team developed the world’s smartest computer from scratch. Now they’re racing to finish it for a special Jeopardy airdate in February 2011.

They’ve built an exact replica of the studio at its research lab near New York and invited past champions to compete against the machine, a big black box code — named Watson after IBM’s founder, Thomas J. Watson. But will Watson be able to beat out its human competition?

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6 Responses to “Smartest Machine on Earth”

  1. Don #

    I will really, really love you guys if you post the real competition once they finish!

    • x #

      Don, we’ll definitely try to find it and post it on the site. I’m looking forward to seeing the competition myself! It starts today and lasts until the 16th.

  2. Jonas #

    The Jeopardy competitions has been added to page two and three. (Located underneath the video, near the pumpkins)

  3. Hurricane Bill #


    I can’t let you do that Michael.

    Now if we could only make an even smarter computer to teach my wife to cook.

  4. H J Spencer #

    How is the data loaded into Watson’s disk storage?
    What human restructuring of ‘raw’ documents is needed before this information can be used by Watson?

  5. John F. Remillard #

    Watson is a machine that has no intelligence at all! It is just a machine that is executing a data processing program that was designed and built by humans!

    When a machine can invent, design, and program itself or any other machine that performs as good as (or better than) Watson, I would be impressed and say WOW – that is intelligence!

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