In yet another instance of humanity helping its own future overlords prepare for eventual global domination, IBM has built a supercomputer than can defeat the sharpest useless-trivia masters at their own game.
IBM’s Watson isn’t simply a positronic warehouse of information. No, Jeopardy! requires that its players also interpret wordplay, process speech intonations and put up with Alex Trebek’s bad jokes and horrible accents—disciplines mastered by Ken Jennings (who holds the record for the longest streak of wins on Jeopardy!) and Brad Rutters (who won the most money).