If you’re a fan of Jeopardy and computers, this could be a dream come true. Over the last week IBM has been testing out their latest creation, a question-answering super computer. With the intent to create something similar to what you’d see from the onboard computer in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Watson has become the greatest contestant that Jeopardy has ever seen.
What is Watson?
Watson is a computer system powered by 10 racks of IBM Power 750 servers, that pans out to roughly 2880 CPUs It runs on Linux, has 15 terabytes of memory, and is capable of operating at 80 teraflops; quite the step up from the average computer’s 75 gigaflop capacity. But, those are just system specs. Watson itself is the natural-language comprehensive software application that makes uses of all of it.
In the 4 episodes below, Watson will be going up against Jeopardy champions; Ken Jennings who has a record winning streak of 76 matches, and Brad Rutter the $3.5 million Jeopardy total prize money winner.
Ready to see it in action? First, take a look at the unaired practice match:
Now for the real thing, as featured on the Jeopardy television show!
What do you think about this new technology? IBM has made it pretty clear that we are no where near the capability to make a “Skynet” type artificial intelligence, so have no fear of the “machines taking over.” But, being a Star Trek fan, I can’t wait to get this kind of system put in my house –probably 3+ years from now?