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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

“Jeopardy!” Computer At CMU Today | Taking On Students From CMU And Pitt

March 30, 2011
Posted By - Emma Venezie
Source Credits - Anya Sostek for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Watson, the IBM supercomputer made famous for defeating two “Jeopardy!” champions, is making its first public appearance in Pittsburgh today at Carnegie Mellon University. Because CMU was the first university to sign on to the Watson project, Pittsburgh was chosen as the machine’s first stop. CMU’s computer scientists’ contributions made to the machine’s development, specifically attributed to Professor Eric Nyberg and graduate students Nico Schlaefer and Hideki Shima, also had a hand in the supercomputer’s appearance.

Watson, IBM supercomputer. Source: hothardware.com
Though the actual Watson, which is comprised of 90 different servers, will not make an appearance, a portable laptop version of the supercomputer will be on-hand. In the day-long event, Watson’s technology will be discussed, including specific subjects such as the machine’s natural language processing, the practical uses for Watson's technology, and scientists’ hopes that Watson will have applications beyond a quiz show, particularly in fields such as health care and defense.

And, of course, after taking on and defeating Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in February in a three-day televised event on “Jeopardy!,” there will be the quiz aspect of the day. Watson will take on teams of students from CMU and the University of Pittsburgh in “Jeopardy!” games. Who do you think will win? Watson or the students? Let us know.

Read 'Jeopardy!' computer coming to CMU, Pitt here.

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