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This Week in IT History: In Man vs. Machine, Machine Wins (Again)

Watson, the computer built by the smart folks at IBM, was pitted against human competitors on the game show "Jeopardy!" and beat 'em up. It wasn't a domination, but a victory nonetheless. In any case, it appears the seeds of true artificial intelligence have been planted. Or maybe it was already planted when Watson's predecessor, Deep Blue, soundly beat chess master Gary Kasparov 13 years ago. You can check out a summarized version of the show on IBM's site here.

Coincidentally, as Watson came to public life this week, it was this week 136 years ago that IBM founder Thomas Watson was born.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 02/17/2011 at 11:59 AM

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