Over the past three days on Jeopardy, past champions Ken “It’s Obvious that Alex is Tired of Your Face” Jennings and Brad “Nobody Remembers Who I Am” Rutter faced off against an IBM Supercomputer by the name of Watson.
To say that it was a shellacking would be almost too kind.
After three days of competition, the Watson was the clear winner, more than doubling both Jennings and Rutter combined. The tallies?
- Watson: $77,147
- Jennings: $24,000
- Rutter: $21,600
You have to give infinite credit to Ken Jennings, who conceded defeat to the computer through a clever Simpsons reference: “I, for one, welcome our new insect computer overlords.”
I, however, do not. As someone who watched The Terminator one-too-many times as a child, I know how this story is going to end… and I don’t like it. Nope. Not one bit. If you want to keep building smarter and faster computers, be my guest — but remember: no matter how smart you make it or how logical, it will never have the most important thing of all!
A human heart.
Watson’s $1 million grand prize will be donated to World Vision, a charitable organization that tries to help children around the world.