Who watched Watson on Jeopardy: Day 2 yesterday? It was insane.
The supercomputer which IBM invested tens of millions of dollars in completely walked over its opponents to win the first match.
Apart from making a couple of mistakes, if Watson were a human contestant, people would think he slept with the producers and got a list of all the answers beforehand.
Day 2 started with Watson at $5,000, Brad Rutter at $5,000, and Ken at $2,000. Watson ended up being even more impressive than the previous day. By the end of the first break, Watson had over 6x the amount of both his opponents combined!
A funny moment occurred when Watson received a Daily Double. Alex asked him what he would like to wager, and Watson responded with “$6,435”. It was the “thirty-five dollars” part that made the audience laugh, and Alex responded with “I won’t ask….”
Watson of course answered correctly. And a lot of the questions were pretty difficult and worded in very riddle-like ways, but Watson still steamrolled right through them.
Final Jeopardy was also interesting. The question was “Its largest airport is named for a World War II hero; its second largest for a World War II battle”. Both Ken and Brad answered correctly with “What is Chicago?”, both doubling up their totals.
But Watson responded with “What is Toronto??????” (including the question marks) – which was apparently an indication that he was not very confident.
I bet the IBM team was a little nervous, hoping that Watson didn’t wager all of his earnings, even though I’m sure they spent countless nights programming him so that he wouldn’t make such a blunder.
He ended up wagering only $947 to which Alex responded “Oh you sneak!”.
The final results can be seen below:
Tomorrow will be the last day of the IBM Jeopardy challenge, to which another full game will be played, and the final totals of both games will determine the winner.
Watson already has such an incredible lead that he will have to make huge errors in tomorrow’s game in order to lose, or else Ken and/or Brad will need to take huge chances such as buzzing in before they even know the answer and waging 100% in Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy.
Below are 2 video clips from yesterday’s episode, for those of you who missed it. Watch them while you can (before YouTube deletes ‘em)!:
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Don’t miss the final day in the challenge tonight!