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Jeopardy! to Re-Air Historic Presentation of IBM Challenge Featuring “Watson”

IBM announced today that Jeopardy! will broadcast an encore presentation of the first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition between IBM’s “Watson” computing system and the show’s two most successful contestants – Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

Viewers will have a second opportunity to watch as Watson competes against two human champions in two matches played over three consecutive days. The episodes will air on September 12, 13 and 14, 2011. Named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, Watson software is powered by an IBM POWER7 server optimized to handle the massive number of tasks that Watson must perform at rapid speeds to analyze complex language and answer questions posed in natural language with the speed, accuracy and confidence of a human. IBM is working with Nuance Communications, Inc. to explore and develop applications to help critical decision makers, such as physicians and nurses, process large volumes of health information in order to deliver quicker and more accurate patient diagnoses. Working with universities and clients, IBM is identifying many potential uses for Watson’s underlying QA technology.

“With the Jeopardy! challenge, we accomplished what was thought to be impossible – building a computer system that operates in the near limitless, ambiguous and highly contextual realm of human language and knowledge,” said Dr. David Ferrucci, IBM Fellow and scientist leading the IBM Research team that created Watson. “Watching the match again reminds us of the great power and potential behind Watson to be able to make sense of the massive amounts of data around us and to solve problems in new ways.”  

IBM and the other contestants gave $1.25 million to charity after the episode, with $1 million coming from IBM.

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