by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jan 14th 2011 1:32am
Last month, we wrote that the IBM computing project Watson was ready to take on real Jeopardy contestants in February of this year (just a few years after the project first came to life). While the big test isn't until Valentine's Day, apparently they had a dry run, and things are looking pretty good for Watson, who beat Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. It wasn't a complete domination. Apparently Watson just narrowly edged out Jennings, though Rutter couldn't keep up. Of course, between now and the real test, Watson can be tweaked. Jennings' and Rutters' brains are pretty much set, and I'd imagine that their ability to cram more useless trivia in their brains is outmatched by Watson.