Learn about Machine Learning and IBM’s Jeopardy Challenger Watson on NOVA

This morning after breakfast, I was fooling around with the PBS app for iPad and found the recent NOVA program “Smartest Machine on Earth.” Originally aired on Feb 9, 2011, it is about IBM’s latest computer wunderkind and Jeopard-playing computer named Watson. Ultimately, the machine-learning enabled computer system created by IBM engineers and computer scientists beat Jeopardy’s best human players Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. I saw some of the three games on TV, and it was an interesting experience to watch a computer compete in the kind of reasoning game that Jeopardy is. If you want to learn more about how Watson works and thinks and what IBM is planning with the technology developed to make him competitive, you can watch the episode of NOVA through the PBS iPad app, or online here: NOVA | Smartest Machine on Earth.

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Published by Jason W. Ellis

I am an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.