Season 38, Episode 12 Smartest Machine on Earth

First Aired: February 9, 2011

The work of IBM researchers to create Watson, the supercomputer competing on "Jeopardy!", is detailed. Included: the technological hurdles in developing a system that mimics the human thought process; potential applications for the future.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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