IBM’s Watson Computer System Plays Jeopardy! in a Practice Round

The emergence of new robotic technology is both a thrilling and frightening concept to many. Only time will tell whether new developments will be helpful. Courtesy of IBM

IBM’s Watson computer system, powered by IBM POWER7, competes against Jeopardy!Õs two most successful and celebrated contestants — Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter — in a practice match held during a press conference at IBM’s Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY on January 13, 2011. Watson will compete against Jennings and Rutter in the first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition, which will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days.