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2011-04-04 07:15:00

LAS VEGAS, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A panel discussion on Watson -- the IBM computer that won on the television game show Jeopardy! -- is scheduled as part of the Trivia Championships of North America (TCONA). Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter are slated to describe their strategy against the machine, and IBM researcher Dr. Gerald Tesauro will talk about how the Watson system was taught to play the game, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The strategy session...

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2011-03-02 10:55:55

After basking in the glory from its win on the game show "Jeopardy!", IBM's Watson has been bested in a demonstration contest held at a Washington DC hotel, AP is reporting. New Jersey representative Rush Holt, who has a doctorate in physics from New York University was a five-time champion during the trivia show's original run 35 years ago. Although he isn't the first human to beat Watson, the victory adds to the 62-year-old Democrat's high-brow resume: a former State Department arms...

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2011-02-17 11:20:00

Displaying only a few glitches, IBM's computer named 'Watson' easily beat two human competitors on the popular US quiz show Jeopardy!. During the three-day showdown that ended on Wednesday, Watson became a high profile exercise in advanced science and computing, Reuters reports. The supercomputer, named after former International Business Machines Corp. president Thomas Watson, showed off its encyclopedic knowledge of topics ranging from ancient languages to fashion design. "Vedic, dating...

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2011-02-16 08:58:14

An IBM computer named Watson overcame two human champions in the second round of a man vs. machine showdown on the popular US television game show "Jeopardy!" yesterday. Much of the brainy banter and high-brow humor that is a hallmark of the long running quiz show was gone as the supercomputer beat its human opponents to the answer again and again, AFP reports. With a record of 74 consecutive wins on the popular show, Ken Jennings, shook his buzzer in silent frustration as the computer's...

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2011-02-15 10:48:05

Despite displaying a few quirks, an IBM computer played to a draw on the opening day of a man vs. machine showdown with two human champions of the popular US television game show Jeopardy!. The computer, represented on stage by a large computer monitor, was frequently quicker to the buzzer than the human player, correctly answering questions in its artificial voice, reports the AFP news agency. The supercomputer "Watson," named after the founder of IBM Thomas Watson, and human contestant Brad...

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2011-02-12 06:45:00

Almost 15 years after a machine developed by IBM defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov, the US computer giant is unveiling another that will challenge mankind once again, this time on the trivia front. Watson, a supercomputer named after IBM founder Thomas Watson, will take on two of Jeopardy's all-time biggest winners, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, for a three-night showdown on the long-running trivia game show beginning Monday evening, February 14. Like Kasparov, who lost a...

2011-01-17 07:00:00

LONDON, January 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the famous showdown between man and machine looming, bookmakers Bodog.com are sad to report that IBM's Computer, known as Watson, is the odds-on favourite to beat both Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. IBM's supercomputer, Watson, will compete in an edition of the popular US quiz show Jeopardy next month for a prize of USD$1m(GBP634,000). Ken Jennings, who once won 74 Jeopardy games in a row, is the 5/2 to win the show that...

2011-01-13 12:00:00

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y., Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At a press conference today, Jeopardy! and IBM (NYSE: IBM) revealed the non-profit beneficiaries of the upcoming contest between two of the most celebrated Jeopardy! Champions - Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings - and IBM's "Watson" computing system. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110113/NY29804-a) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110113/NY29804-b) The...

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2010-12-15 09:00:00

The most renowned champions in 'Jeopardy' history will be facing some stiff new competition--an IBM supercomputer--as the popular American quiz show will feature a 'man vs. machine' showdown for the first time in its more than 40 year history. Former champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter will face off with 'Watson,' a program developed by the artificial intelligence team at the New York-based computer and technology corporation, in a pair of matches that will air in February. A $1 million...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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