Final Jeopardy

Final Jeopardy

Man Vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything

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Researchers at IBM have launched a billion-dollar project to develop a machine that can compete in the quiz show Jeopardy--and win. Early next year, if all goes well, the machine will face off in a nationally televised match against two kingpins of trivia: The reigning champion of Jeopardy, still to be determined, and the game's greatest all-time winner, Ken Jennings. Final Jeopardy, by journalist Stephen Baker, carries readers on a captivating journey from the IBM labs to the showdown in Hollywood. The story features brilliant Ph.D.s, Hollywood moguls, knowledge-obsessed Jeopardy masters--and a very special collection of silicon and circuitry named Watson. It is a classic match of Man vs. Machine, not seen since the chess-playing computer Deep Blue bested the world's reigning grandmaster, Garry Kasparov. But Watson will need to do more than churn through chess moves or find a relevant Web page. It will have to understand language, including puns and irony, and master everything from history and literature to science, arts, and entertainment.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547483160
Branch Call Number: 006.3 BAK 2011 22
Characteristics: 268 p


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Jun 07, 2011

A little light on the technical aspects and a little heavy on what looks like IBM hype and, woe is them, how, oh so very hard they worked to create this computer, but a good read.

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