Last night Blake Eskin watched Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, "the two most successful human 'Jeopardy'” champions" battle Watson, IBM's Jeopardy playing machine:
If Watson does not eclipse the best human players by Wednesday, one assumes it is only a matter of months before it would blow them away. Watson has many potential applications in medicine, law, science, and other fields, but its prospects for a career in television are no better than Brad Rutter’s. Who would want to watch a computer win seventy-four nights in a row?
Michelle Legro live-blogged the blow by blow.