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Because social and personal (Happy Valentine's Day!) obligations kept me away from the TV more than usual this week, I'm going to boil down this week's wrap-up to my version of a "Hot Topics" list, with a few odds and ends thrown in for fun.

OF IBM AND MEN: Man your buzzer if you really thought either Ken Jennings or Brad Rutter could topple supercomputer Watson on Jeopardy! in that fascinating three-part exhibition stunt. I got more caught up in seeing what Watson didn't know or how it was misinterpreting clues — including the first Final Jeopardy, which somehow led Watson to... read more

Jeopardy! Who Won the Battle Between Man vs. Machine?

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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.

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Supercomputer Blows Away Humans on Jeopardy! Round 2

Jeopardy!

After a second day of competition on Jeopardy!, supercomputer Watson made its human rivals look like, well, mere mortals.

Jeopardy! showdown: Human and supercomputer tied after Round 1

The IBM computer, which ended Day 1 tied with all-time winner Brad Rutter, pulled ahead Tuesday night, earning $35,734, while Rutter ...
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Jeopardy! Showdown: Human and Supercomputer Tied After Round 1

Alex Trebek with contestants Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and a computer named Watson

Jeopardy! all-time winner Brad Rutter and the supercomputer dubbed "Watson" are neck-and-neck after their challenge began Monday.

Rutter and former contestant Ken Jennings — who holds the game show's longest winning streak— are facing off against the IBM machine that has been in development for two years. Named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, the machine is powered by 10 racks of computer servers running the Linux operating system.

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Matt's Picks: February 14-17

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Jeopardy! (Syndicated, check local tvguide.com listings, Monday-Wednesday)
We'll take "The Future Is Now" for $1 million, Alex. In a stunt that pits man against machine, TV's smartest quiz show challenges two of its most celebrated champs — Ken Jennings of the longest winning streak (74 games) and biggest money earner Brad Rutter ($3.2 million) — to go up against the IBM supercomputer known as "Watson" (and the subject of a recent PBS Nova documentary). read more

Computer to Compete Against Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter on Jeopardy!

Ken Jennings

Big-time Jeopardy! winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter will have some stiff competition when they return to face an IBM supercomputer.

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Graduate Student Breaks Jeopardy Record

Roger Craig

Remember, Ken Jennings: Records were made to be broken.

Roger Craig, a graduate student at the University of Delaware, broke the one-day winnings record on Jeopardy! Tuesday.

Check out videos of Jennings on Jeopardy

Craig, whose Final Jeopardy bet of $30,000 sealed the win, earned a total of... read more

What a Jeopardy! Champ Watches

Poor Ken Jennings. Last May the record-breaking Jeopardy! brainiac was beaten by former Pennsylvania record-clerk Brad Rutter in the game show's three-day Tournament of Champions. Rutter scored a cool $2 million, while runner-up Jennings walked off the stage with $500,000 and Alex Trebek's undying respect.

Having quit his computer software job, he's gone on to do TV commercials for Cingular and Allstate, designed a board game and even appeared alongside Grover on Sesame Street. When he's not busy with his various and sundry projects, the Type-A personality occasionally permits himself some time to zone out in front of the boob tube. Here, we submit Ken's viewing habits for your amusement.


TV Guide: What are you watching?
Ken Jennings:
I never miss Jeopardy! It's true. [I watch it] to size up the competition. I'm also a big Iron Chef fan — not the American remake, but the original. And The Daily Show read more

What a Jeopardy! Champ Watches

Poor Ken Jennings. Last May the record-breaking Jeopardy! brainiac was beaten by former Pennsylvania record-clerk Brad Rutter in the game show's three-day Tournament of Champions. Rutter scored a cool $2 million, while runner-up Jennings walked off the stage with $500,000 and Alex Trebek's undying respect.

Having quit his computer software job, he's gone on to do TV commercials for Cingular and Allstate, designed a board game and even appeared alongside Grover on Sesame Street. When he's not busy with his various and sundry projects, the Type-A personality occasionally permits himself some time to zone out in front of the boob tube. Here, we submit Ken's viewing habits for your amusement.


TV Guide: What are you watching?
Ken Jennings:
I never miss Jeopardy! It's true. [I watch it] to size up the competition. I'm also a big Iron Chef fan — not the American remake but the original. And The Daily Show read more

What a Jeopardy! Champ Watches

Poor Ken Jennings. Last May the record-breaking Jeopardy! brainiac was beaten by former Pennsylvania record-clerk Brad Rutter in the game show's three-day Tournament of Champions. Rutter scored a cool $2 million, while runner-up Jennings walked off the stage with $500,000 and Alex Trebek's undying respect.

Having quit his computer software job, he's gone on to do TV commercials for Cingular and Allstate, designed a board game and even appeared alongside Grover on Sesame Street. When he's not busy with his various and sundry projects, the Type-A personality occasionally permits himself some time to zone out in front of the boob tube. Here, we submit Ken's viewing habits for your amusement.


TV Guide: What are you watching?
Ken Jennings:
I never miss Jeopardy! It's true. [I watch it] to size up the competition. I'm also a big Iron Chef fan — not the American remake but the original. And The Daily Show read more

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