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Inside Watson, IBM's Jeopardy Computer

IBM has spent four years and untold hundreds of millions of dollars developing Watson, a computer that can play Jeopardy. In fact, Watson answers questions so quickly and accurately that IBM challenged Jeopardy and two of the show's all-time champions to a match. Jeopardy's producers and the human contestants agreed. Taping took place January 14, and the three computer-vs.-human episodes will air February 14-16. Cynics may call it a publicity stunt, but the project has brought real advances in c
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This graphic shows the progress that had to be made in developing Watson. The brown line shows the computer's initial performance playing Jeopardy circa 2007. The blue dots show the performance of Jeopardy champions and the red dots the performance of grand champions. Over four years, the Watson team steadily improved the computer's performance up to grand-champion levels.

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