We watched Jeopardy champs Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings play an exhibition against IBM’s Watson this week. I never came close to rooting for the machine. Maybe if it’d given more wrong answers. They were funny. In a final, Watson answered ‘Toronto’ for a US city. The random wagers weren’t cute either. And that avatar? Why not use a Muppet?
Jennings and Rutter both dominate other humans, but they trailed Watson most of the time. Those guys probably knew the answers most times, but Watson beat them to the buzzer again and again. Fix.
Maybe Jeopardy could run tournaments for robots. Bet there’s squints at Apple or Google that would love to play against Watson next year.