To: Daughter Lisa
RE: The Reeely Big Match
Your heroes, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, the most celebrated players ever to appear on Jeopardy!, are going to get clobbered in a two game match with Watson, the IBM supercomputer. They don’t have a chance in hell of coming out alive.
Not to be vindictive or anything, those guys are going to know how it feels to lose. Exactly how I felt all those times you made me watch the show. Of course, I knew all of the answers, every one. It was the questions I couldn’t get.
Of course, whiz kids like you ENJOY the show. Why wouldn’t you? For me, Jeopardy! tarnishes my self-image beyond repair, and that’s why I made these arrangements with Watson. Perhaps I should have consulted you first, but it’s too late now. http://www.jeopardy.com/news/watson1x7ap4.php
This fall, the all-powerful Watson played and won many of the 50 “sparring games” against former Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions contestants in final preparation for its television debut. In addition, Watson has taken and passed the same Jeopardy! contestant test that humans take to qualify to play on the show, giving its producers confidence that the match will be both entertaining and competitive.
Recently, Watson won in the practice run with Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. He wasn’t cowed by playing with the big boys. He knows all about how Ken won 74 games in a row winning more than $2.5 million. Or how Brad won the highest cumulative amount ever earning $3,255,102. He was unfazed by all their glory.
Here’s a clip from their recent practice session.
Ken and Brad will play two games against Watson. The grand prize for this competition will be $1 million with second place earning $300,000 and third place $200,000. Ken and Brad will donate 50 percent of their winnings to charity and IBM will donate 100 percent of its winnings to charity.
You won’t need to worry about the outcome, Lisa. I have given Watson my directive. It’s to be a fair fight, with no hanky panky, and no blood drawn. When he brings down your heroes, he’ll be as courteous as possible. I hope that will ease some of the pain.