Monday, April 27, 2009

Watson V Jeopardy

IBM's Blue Gene supercomputer is preparing to face Jeopardy! champions. In the latest popular supercomputing challenge, Blue Gene, running a program named Watson after the IBM founder, will match wits with the game show contestants. IBM's most famous computing challenge was Deep Blue's disputed chess victory over world champion Garry Kasparov.

The myriad Jeopardy! word plays and the subtleties of the English language pose serious challenges for Blue Gene. The most serious challenge to Jeopardy! to date was, of course, Sean Connery.

(image credit: IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer,