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Man vs. Machine: The Jeopardy Showdown [VIDEO]

"Jeopardy!" & IBM Man V. Machine
Contestants Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter compete against 'Watson' in the Man V. Machine "Jeopardy!" competition at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)

Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter have been taking on an IBM supercomputer named ‘Watson’ in a very interesting competition on the TV game show “Jeopardy”. Both Jennings and Rutter are veteran Jeopardy champs.

IBM’s Watson computer is made up of a cluster of 90 servers with a total of 2,880 processor cores.

On the 30-question game board, the veteran champs managed only five correct responses between them during the Double Jeopardy round that aired Tuesday. They ended the first game of the two-game battle with meager earnings of $4,800 and $10,400 while their supercomputer nemesis finished Final Jeopardy with $35,734

Jennings, Rutter and Watson will return on Wednesday (Feb 16), when their second game is aired. The first place winner will collect $1 million in real money. Second place: $300,000 and third place: $200,000. IBM says all of Watson’s winnings will go to charity; Jennings and Rutter plan to give away half of their shares.

Maybe the day that machines take over the world is not too far off.  Anybody know a John Connor?

Go Team Flesh & Bones!

Check out the video below to see what Ken Jennings has to say about playing against a computer:

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