February 25th, 2011
Alex, I’ll take “humans are obsolete” for $400.
By Brokaw’s Trish DiFranco and Megan Milanich
Watson, my dear, is anything but elementary. This week, the Jeopardy robo-star brought CBS the highest single-day Nielsen ratings since 2007—with a whopping 8.7 HH on Monday, and a 9.5 HH on Tuesday. The IBM/CBS collaboration was a brilliant move on both parts, and one that took two years to complete. The A.I. machine raked in $1 million on the quiz show, all of which was donated to charities. And the computer overlord may have won the game, but all in all, it’s humans FTW (you might need to look that one up, Watson.) See what’s next for the super computer here.
Incidentally, Jeopardy isn’t the only institution to have implemented the robot. Brokaw was quick to jump on the wildly successful trend. (Please forgive us—we’re good at marketing. Not robot dancing.)