One small step for man. One giant leap for machine! Jeopardy! champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter will face off against an IBM supercomputer in episodes to be aired in February.
It’s the first-ever Man vs. Machine Jeopardy!
Jennings and Rutter two of the venerable game show’s most successful champions, will play two games against “Watson,” a computer program developed by IBM’s artificial intelligence team and named in honor of IBM founder Thomas J. Watson Sr. ,Jennings and Rutter will face off against Watson for a grand prize of $1 million. The Man vs. Computer second place winner will earn $300,000 and the third place finisher will take home $200,000. Rutter and Jennings will donate 50% of their winnings to charity. IBM will donate all of its winnings to charity.
In a news release, IBM said that having “Watson” get peppered with questions by Alex Trebek will be the “ultimate challenge” because “the game’s clues involve analyzing subtle meaning, irony, riddles, and other complexities in which humans excel and computers traditionally do not.”
The matches will be spread over three days that will air Feb. 14-16.