Man Ties With Machine in Jeopardy Showdown Humans fight back after IBM's Watson takes early lead By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Feb 14, 2011 11:09 PM CST 6 comments Comments Host Alex Trebek, left, poses with contestants Ken Jennings, center, and Brad Rutter and a computer named Watson. (AP Photo/Jeopardy Productions, Inc.) (Newser) – The first round of Jeopardy's three-game man versus supercomputer showdown finished Monday night with humanity having fended off the rise of the machine. Human player Brad Rutter, the game show's record money-winner, was tied with IBM supercomputer Watson at $5,000 at the close of play, AP reports. The other human contestant, Ken Jennings, who has the longest winning streak at 74 games, was far behind with $2,000. At one point, Watson had $4,000 while his human rivals had just $200 each and a rout appeared likely, but Rutter's comeback was aided by a few slip-ups on the computer's part. After Jennings had incorrectly answered "1920s" to a question, Watson gave the same incorrect answer. "Watson is very bright, very fast, but he has some weird little moments," host Alex Trebek said.