New Jersey Congressman Is First To Beat Watson On Jeopardy

Rep. Rush Holt

Rep. Rush Holt

USA Today reports:

Two weeks after Watson trounced two Jeopardy! champions during a man-vs.-machine match, Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., beat the computer during a technology exhibition practice game.

“I was proud to hold my own with Watson,” Holt said of his win Monday night. “More importantly, I was proud to join IBM and other members of Congress to highlight the importance of science and math education and research and development.”

The games were meant to emphasize the importance of technology in global competitiveness for American businesses, as well as a need for more focus on math and science education.

It wasn’t Holt’s first time providing answers in the form of a question: The physicist has won Jeopardy! five times in the past.

In the first round, Holt won $6,600; Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., earned $1,000; and Watson made $6,200. No one actually received money for the games.

[Continues at USA Today]

18 Comments on "New Jersey Congressman Is First To Beat Watson On Jeopardy"

  1. Quadzilla | Mar 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm |

    It was apparently a slower, more House of Reps. friendly version of ‘Watson’ they played against…

    Also, ‘Watson’ has lost many, many games of ‘Jeopardy’ in its trials to tweak the soft/hardware.

    I also think the creators might have the ability to tweak its “skill” or competitiveness depending on info it is given about the different people it’s playing (average speed they buzz in, % of answers they get right after buzzing in first…ect…). Point being, It may not be completely “fair”…I think the machine might get to play by slightly different sets of rules to make up for some of its less human probs..

  2. Quadzilla | Mar 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm |

    It was apparently a slower, more House of Reps. friendly version of ‘Watson’ they played against…

    Also, ‘Watson’ has lost many, many games of ‘Jeopardy’ in its trials to tweak the soft/hardware.

    I also think the creators might have the ability to tweak its “skill” or competitiveness depending on info it is given about the different people it’s playing (average speed they buzz in, % of answers they get right after buzzing in first…ect…). Point being, It may not be completely “fair”…I think the machine might get to play by slightly different sets of rules to make up for some of its less human probs..

    • Bud Bundy | Mar 2, 2011 at 5:55 am |

      I think the GOP trials were simply a variety of different people asking how old the world was.

      DALEK: 10,000 YEARS OLD

      GOP: Then were did Dinosaur bones come from?

      DALEK: THE JEWS BURIED BONES IN THE GROUND TO TROLL TRUE BELIEVERS

      GOP: True Believers in what, exactly?

      DALEK: TRUE BELIEVERS IN DAVROS FOOLS! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTARMINATE!

  3. Liam_McGonagle | Mar 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm |

    Go figure. I’d have thought Christine O’Donnell or Rand Paul would have been first. Huh.

  4. Liam_McGonagle | Mar 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm |

    Go figure. I’d have thought Christine O’Donnell or Rand Paul would have been first. Huh.

  5. The machine was shocked into jamming when it couldn’t compute the probability of any politician from New Jersey EVER answering ANY question accurately.

  6. The machine was shocked into jamming when it couldn’t compute the probability of any politician from New Jersey EVER answering ANY question accurately.

  7. Weekendsvanatta | Mar 2, 2011 at 2:36 am |

    To me this is an odd contest, a machine with manually installed memory containing the answers in competition with a human whos only chance of gaining memory is through life experience. A machine performing auto recall and a human thinking through its options and memories. Unless Im confused watson isnt anything special, just another commodore 64….

  8. Weekendsvanatta | Mar 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm |

    To me this is an odd contest, a machine with manually installed memory containing the answers in competition with a human whos only chance of gaining memory is through life experience. A machine performing auto recall and a human thinking through its options and memories. Unless Im confused watson isnt anything special, just another commodore 64….

  9. Bud Bundy | Mar 2, 2011 at 9:55 am |

    I think the GOP trials were simply a variety of different people asking how old the world was.

    DALEK: 10,000 YEARS OLD

    GOP: Then were did Dinosaur bones come from?

    DALEK: THE JEWS BURIED BONES IN THE GROUND TO TROLL TRUE BELIEVERS

    GOP: True Believers in what, exactly?

    DALEK: TRUE BELIEVERS IN DAVROS FOOLS! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTARMINATE!

  10. Because nothing shows how important education is like beating a computer program at a trivia game.

  11. Because nothing shows how important education is like beating a computer program at a trivia game.

  12. The Princeton Physics professorship probably helped.

  13. The Princeton Physics professorship probably helped.

  14. Holt also attacks the crap computer voting machines, so Watson is scared of him.

  15. Holt also attacks the crap computer voting machines, so Watson is scared of him.

  16. Holt also attacks the crap computer voting machines, so Watson is scared of him.

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