Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cal students root for machine over man on Jeopardy

I’ve learned that the computer geeks at Cal will be hosting a “Jeopardy!” viewing party on Wednesday and that they’ll be backing Watson, the IBM supercomputer, in its highly hyped showdown with the game show’s best-known human champs, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Rooting against flesh-and-blood Earthlings? The nerve! No wonder none of them can get girlfriends! (The three-day man vs. machine matchup, some seven years in the making, began airing Monday). Anyway, the public is invited to Wednesday’s finale. Before “Jeopardy!” gets under way, they’ll lead a discussion with computer scientists — including Berkeley Lab's Horst Simon — talking about how “Jeopardy!” showcases the capabilities of artificial intelligence and machine learning. More>