Jeopardy! Who Won the Battle Between Man vs. Machine?
Not since the chess showdown between Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue has a competition between man and machine received so much attention.
IBM's supercomputer Watson took on former Jeopardy! champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter for their final matchup Wednesday. Jennings earned $24,000 overall and Rutter $21,600, winning prizes of $300,000 and $200,000 respectively.
Supercomputer blows away humans on Jeopardy! Round 2
But after the two hard-fought games spread over three nights, Watson emerged victorious, scoring $41,413 for its second game, bringing its cumulative winnings to $77,147. The grand prize of $1 million will go to charity.
Not to be outdone (again) by a computer, the men plan to donate half of their winnings to charity.
Jeopardy! showdown: Human and supercomputer tied after Round 1
Ratings for the first two days of the competition were the show's best in almost six years. The competition was taped last month.