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Ken Jennings Issues His Mea Culpa

'Jeopardy!' star is sorry for inappropriate tweets from the past

(Newser) - Ken Jennings is officially sorry for the ill-advised tweets that have been causing controversy ever since the Jeopardy! phenom was tapped as a possible replacement for late host Alex Trebek. "Hey, I just wanted to own up to the fact that over the years on Twitter, I’ve definitely...

Ken Jennings Blasted for Tweet He Chose Not to Delete

2014 tweet stayed live until Wednesday

(Newser) - In the wake of Alex Trebek's death, Jeopardy! on Monday revealed that Ken Jennings would guest-host initially, with filming beginning Nov. 30. Page Six reports some of the reactions to the news were in the vein of Community star Yvette Nicole Brown's, who tweeted , “Nope.” When...

With Trebek Gone, Jeopardy! Reveals What's Next

Production will resume, with Ken Jennings as first guest host

(Newser) - Two weeks after the death of beloved host Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! is revealing what comes next. The last show Trebek filmed ( just days before he died ) will air the week of Jan. 4, and the game show announced Monday that new shows will start being produced Nov. 30,...

Elon Musk to Ken Jennings: 'Knucklehead'

The pair feud on Twitter over the Tesla factory controversy

(Newser) - It looks like Elon Musk is getting his way over his Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. The CEO reopened his factory Monday in defiance of orders from Alameda County, and the county tweeted Wednesday that the plant can continue its "minimum business operations" this week and ramp up to...

Jeopardy! Crowns Its All-Time Champion

Ken Jennings wins 3rd match in GOAT tournament

(Newser) - It's official: Ken Jennings is the greatest Jeopardy! contestant of all time. The 45-year-old won his third two-game match in the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament, taking both the title and the $1 million prize. Jennings, whose 74-game winning streak in 2004 has never been equalled, defeated...

Alex Trebek Gives a Health Status Update

As James Holzhauer evens score in Jeopardy! tournament

(Newser) - The brief farewell that Alex Trebek says will close his final Jeopardy! episode isn't on the horizon. "I don't foresee that 30-second moment coming up in the near future," Trebek said Wednesday, referring to his request for time to close out his decades-long run with the...

Jeopardy! Whiz Has One Unexpected Fan

Ken Jennings is really rooting for James Holzhauer right now

(Newser) - James Holzhauer , who will be starting up his run again on Jeopardy! Monday, is getting increasingly closer to smashing Ken Jennings' all-time cash winnings record on the show of $2.5 million—and Jennings hopes he does it. Writing for the Washington Post with nary a hint of schadenfreude,...

Could This Gambler Surpass Ken Jennings?

James Holzhauer moves into second place for Jeopardy! winnings

(Newser) - As a Jeopardy! champion, Ken Jennings seems untouchable. After arriving on Alex Trebek's set in 2004, Jennings racked up 74 consecutive wins and $2,520,700, the show's website says. He might have some competition brewing, however. James Holzhauer still has a long way to go, but he...

Watson's Win a Victory ... for Humans

Jeopardy ! king discusses his epic battle with the computer

(Newser) - Going into his Jeopardy! match against IBM’s Watson supercomputer, champ Ken Jennings saw himself as humanity’s representative, "the Great Carbon-Based Hope against a new generation of thinking machines," he writes for Slate . But victory wasn’t to be: Watson played Jeopardy much like a top-ranked human....

Jeopardy Challenge Ends With Humans Crushed

Watson's next job: medical diagnostics

(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...

Jeopardy Computer Trounces Humans On Day 2

Watson wins big despite naming Toronto as US city

(Newser) - Watson trounced its human opponents on the second day of the 3-day Jeopardy challenge, but humanity saved some face after the IBM supercomputer goofed on the final question. The category was US cities and the clue was "Its largest airport was named for a World War II hero; its...

Man Ties With Machine in Jeopardy Showdown

Humans fight back after IBM's Watson takes early lead

(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...

Why Watson Will (or Won't) Beat Jeopardy's Kings

Face-off airs tonight with Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter

(Newser) - Tonight, IBM’s Watson computer will go head-to-head with Jeopardy legends Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in the first of three matches. Do they stand a chance against the machine? Definitely, writes Greg Lindsay for Fast Company . He’s an actual human who’s beaten the computer three times, thanks...

Computer Squashes Men in Jeopardy Test Match

Not surprisingly, a few Terminator jokes were made

(Newser) - First, computers took all the fun out of Sudoku —could Jeopardy be next? Watson, a computer designed by IBM specifically to compete on the game show, beat two legendary champs yesterday in its first public test: Ken Jennings, who won a record number of games, and Brad Rutter, who...

Nerds Bet Machine Can Beat Man on Jeopardy

IBM says the digital-human match could be the next big step for artificial intelligence

(Newser) - Hal, meet Watson. IBM announced it will unleash a new supercomputer program, named after founder Thomas J. Watson, which they say could beat human competitors on Jeopardy, the New York Times reports. More advanced than the software that beat chess champion Gary Kasparov in 1997, Watson will weigh nearly infinite...

Best Celebrity Websites

Stars who deliver on the net, from the editors at PC Magazine

(Newser) - The editors at PC magazine gave high marks to sites they found imaginative (Jeff Bridges), surprising (Pat Sajack), or loaded with great content (Beck). And they dismissed money-hungry sites with a lot of gated content. Here, their faves:
  1. Jeff Bridges (www.jeffbridges.com)
  2. Tyra Banks (www.tyrabanks.com)
  3. Ken Jennings
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