The only thing currently standing between IBM supercomputer Watson and its inevitable rise as humanity's all-powerful overlord is a young, flawlessly stubbly man from Pennsylvania named Brad Rutter. Hometown hero and winningest Jeopardy player ever, Ken Jennings, spent day one of the much-hyped computer-vs.-human match a second late and an answer short. But with two more days of competition to go, Jennings too may be able to do his part to delay mankind's robotic enslavement.
In brief review, Watson is a massive supercomputer built by IBM that's not connected to the Internet, but rather crammed full of info and able to understand the complexity of Jeopardy's unorthodox questions enough to be really, really good at answering them.
It was built for two purposes: to beat Jennings and Rutter and hopefully to remind people that IBM still makes things.
The topics on day one were: "Literary Character APB," "Beatles People," "Olympic Oddities," Name the Decade," "Final Frontiers," and "Alternate Meanings."
Watson busted out the gate right away, answering 11 of the first 15 questions before the break, earning itself $5,200 to Rutter's $1,000 and Jennings' $200.
But things got more interesting in the second half when Rutter heated up and eventually tied the newfangled contraption, thanks to some digital fuck-ups by Watson like when he gave the same wrong answer Jennings did, thereby earning the scorn of host Alex "Shuck It" Trebek.