The Smartest Computer in the World Also Has the Dirtiest Mouth

We already knew Ken Jennings thought IBM's Jeopardy-winning supercomputer was a dick, but he's not alone. Developers at IBM were forced to wipe part of Watson's memory once they realized their hyperintelligent computer had turned into a bit of a smartass. » 1/10/13 9:00pm 1/10/13 9:00pm

Ken Jennings Wants to Occupy Jeopardy

Once he was the insurmountable apogee of Jeopardy excellence. Then IBM devised a machine that defeated him. Today Ken Jennings posted a photo blasting IBM. The dethroned champ is casting his lot with the OWS crowd in protest of Watson. » 10/26/11 7:13pm 10/26/11 7:13pm

Ken Jennings' Watson Beatdown Fantasy

From this inscription, penned by Ken Jennings in his modestly-titled book, "Brainiac," you might think he has some pent-up rage toward the computer mind that so effortlessly dominated him. But, no, it was just a request from a fan. [Reddit] » 3/02/11 11:00pm 3/02/11 11:00pm

Ken Jennings Was the Bad Guy on Watson's Home Turf

You'd expect the trembling masses of humanity, terrified by the superior digital intellect of Watson, to have some solidarity. Not so, says formerly-impressive Jeopardy player Ken Jennings. At IBM's Watson research lab, where the robo-tourney taped, man was the enemy. [Slate] » 2/17/11 1:20pm 2/17/11 1:20pm

Watson Crashed Multiple Times on Jeopardy, Plus Other Watson Tidbits

If you saw the second night of Jeopardy's Watson vs Man and Watson's flat out dominance, I wouldn't blame you for being a little bit sad about humanity. Thankfully it's not straight to SkyNet for Watson, turns out the machine is a little unreliable and prone to crashes. » 2/16/11 5:20pm 2/16/11 5:20pm

IBM Jeopardy Challenge, Night 1: Watson Ties for the Lead

After practice rounds and plenty of hype, Watson, IBM's latest supercomputer, stepped up to the podium to take on two of Jeopardy's greatest champions: Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight rounds of Jeopardy en route to becoming a pop culture icon, and Brad Rutter, who netted more money than any other contestant while… » 2/15/11 12:00am 2/15/11 12:00am

Fight Night: Getting Stoked For Watson's Jeopardy Debut

In what may be the greatest man versus machine matchup since Kasparov fell to Deep Blue, the match between Watson—Jeopardy-playing supercomputer—and the two greatest human Jeopardy players of all time will finally be televised tonight. If it's anything like the warm-up round, we're all doomed. [Laughing Squid] » 2/14/11 8:10am 2/14/11 8:10am

The Jeopardy-Playing Computer's Secret Weapon

Okay, so we already know that IBM's Watson computer can outshine humanity's fiercest nerd-warriors. But it's not just because it's smarter. It's because of how it's wired. » 2/10/11 5:00pm 2/10/11 5:00pm