10 items from 2011
On Tuesday night's episode of Jeopardy, Twilight was featured as the "Final Jeopardy" answer.
The category for the occasion was appropriately "Bestsellers," and the clue was:
"In the beginning this 2005 novel was simply titled 'Forks.'"
Now, I feel quite confident that you all would have gotten that one, right?
Skip to the 7:53 mark in the attached YouTube video to see it for yourself. The faces of the contestants were rather priceless . . especially with the guy who ultimately won thanks to his own correct answer.
This is the latest of many Twilight inclusions to be seen on the show. Robert Pattinson wa »
Because social and personal (Happy Valentine's Day!) obligations kept me away from the TV more than usual this week, I'm going to boil down this week's wrap-up to my version of a "Hot Topics" list, with a few odds and ends thrown in for fun.
Of Ibm And Men: Man your buzzer if you really thought either Ken Jennings or Brad Rutter could topple supercomputer Watson on Jeopardy! in that fascinating three-part exhibition stunt. I got more caught up in seeing what Watson didn't know or how it was misinterpreting clues — including the first Final Jeopardy, which somehow led Watson to...
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- Matt Roush
(Jeopardy Ibm Challenge Spoilers!) Part Three of Jeopardy’s Ibm Challenge aired last night, and while neither Ken Jennings nor Brad Rutter managed to ultimately keep up with their computer opponent Watson, at least Jennings bowed out in Final Jeopardy with a Simpsons reference: “I for one welcome our new computer overlords” references the Simpsons quote (and ongoing internet meme) when Kent Brockman sees an ant float by the camera on Homer’s space shuttle and instantly assumes the world is about to be taken over by a super-race of giant ants. Nicely done, Mr. Jennings. If you haven’t read Jennings’ Slate.com piece about playing against Watson, definitely check it out. He touches upon my two main reactions to the event (other than “this is amazing”): 1) Watson can basically beat the humans to the buzzer at will. As such, any time it’s a question that more than one contestant knows, »
- Dan Hopper
If you watched Ibm's supercomputer Watson sweep the library floor with former Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter last night, you probably caught Ken's funny parenthetical remark below his answer in Final Jeopardy: "I for one welcome our new computer overlords."
Trebek and the audience got a good laugh out of it, but Simpsons fans were probably laughing even harder, remembering this iconic speech from Springfield's news anchor, Kent Brockman: »
Supercomputer outwits Us quiz show champions in epic head-to-hard drive battle
The 1984 film The Terminator foretold of an epic battle between man and machine, each striving for dominance. Little did the writers know how prescient their tale would be.
Fast-forward to 2011 and non-fictional humans are pitting their wits against a supercomputer – although this time in an effort to win Us quiz show Jeopardy, rather than guarantee the survival of humanity.
Ken Jennings, the 74-time winner of the popular trivia quiz, and Brad Rutter, a 20-time champion, have gone head-to-hard-drive with an Ibm supercomputer called Watson three times in the past three days. Unlike in The Terminator, they lost each time.
The supercomputer, named after former International Business Machines corporation president Thomas Watson, is a showcase of the company's expertise in advanced science and computing.
Watson showed off its encyclopedic knowledge of topics ranging from ancient languages to fashion design, along with a few glitches. »
- Adam Gabbatt
On “Jeopardy!” this week, an unlikely contestant has been raking in the dough. Watson, the Ibm supercomputer pitted human champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, easily beat its competitors with its rapid-fire ability to seemingly process data faster than any organic brain in history. Or so it seemed, until “his” circuitry started to show. Like many viewers, I was less interested in Watson’s ability to clean up shop than in cyber-god’s occasional slip-ups. The most glaring incident arrived at the end of Tuesday night’s competition, when Watson missed the question on Final Jeopardy with a hilariously telling error. The clue… »
(Spoiler Warning: Don't read ahead if you don't want to know who -- or what -- won the Jeopardy Ibm Challenge.) "I for one welcome our new computer overlords," Ken Jennings wrote after his Final Jeopardy answer Wednesday, signaling that he hadn't bet enough to beat Ibm's trivia supercomputer, Watson. But he came close. In an almost (and this is a compliment) machine-like performance, Jennings gave Watson serious competition on the second and final game of the matchup. Fellow human Brad Rutter came in third. Watson's two-game total was $77,147, which means Ibm will »
Interest in Watson's quest to dethrone humanity as Earth's trivia champions on "Jeopardy!" continued last night. Matt Fraction predicted how it all would end, Chip Zdarsky called for Alex Trebek to show some more emotion, and Brian Lynch hoped for an easy final challenge.
There's some movie tweetage awaiting you after the click as well. There, you'll find a wish for the "Axe Cop" adaptation and a wish for the "Ghost Rider" film that's not in theaters this year. It's all there along with a missed marketing opportunity for LL Cool J.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is your Twitter Report for February 16, 2011.
"Jeopardy!" pt. 1: @mattfraction guys, guys, trebek's got this. Final Jeopardy answer: Love. #humanitysaved
-Matt Fraction, Writer ("Thor," "Casanova")
"Jeopardy!" pt. 2: @zdarsky I really want Trebek to call Watson "a f---ing idiot" whenever it gets a wrong answer.
-Chip Zdarsky, Writer/Artist ("Prison Funnies," "Monster Cops")
- Brian Warmoth
It's not easy being human. Things aren't looking too promising for Ken Jennings, who won 74 consecutive Jeopardy! matches, and Brad Rutter, the game's biggest all-time money winner, after two days of battling Ibm supercomputer Watson, which simply is just quicker on the draw than itsflesh-and-blood opponents. After tonight's Double and Final Jeopardy rounds (they're only doing two per night to allow for behind-the-scenes clips about Watson's "birth"), Watson was the winner with $35,734, Brad had $10,400 and Ken was in third with a mere $4,800. And Watson didn't even get the final question right! But it's not like the computer is going to be tricked into »
So this is what playing the Jeopardy! computer is like. We imagine it's pretty annoying to be outplayed by "Watson," the Ibm supercomputer that has been tasked with taking on all-time Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings, whose 74-game winning streak stands alone, and the only guy who won even more money than Ken, Brad Rutter. It took a couple of answers for him to warm up, but Watson took the two bookish champions to task in categories like "Beatles People" and "Literary Characters Apb," though the humans dominated "Name the Decade." Surely there's a simple, 18-step algorithmic answer for why. The exhibition is being played out over three days, so no Final Jeopardy »
10 items from 2011
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