Jeopardy Challenge Ends With Humans Crushed
Watson's next job: medical diagnostics
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2011 11:03 PM CST
Ken Jennings, left, and Brad Rutter, right, pose with Watson after the end of the challenge.   (AP Photo/Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

(Newser) – "I for one, welcome our new computer overlords," defeated Jeopardy contestant Ken Jennings wrote below his final answer as the game show's 3-day supercomputer challenge wrapped up. IBM's Watson finished way ahead with $77,147 while Jennings and Brad Rutter—the two most successful human contestants in Jeopardy history—finished with $24,000 and $21,600, reports Reuters.

Host Alex Trebek said he had learned three things from the supercomputer challenge. "One, Watson knows a lot of stuff and can really dominate a match. Two, Watson is capable of some weird wagers. The third thing I learned is that Toronto is now a US city," he said, referring to Watson's major error the previous day. IBM, which is donating all of Watson's winnings to charity, plans to adapt the technology for use in medical diagnostics.
 

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