The computer used on the show was a “question answering machine” named Watson designed by IBM. The computer ended up winning the competition. The final tally was $77,147 to Mr. Jennings’s $24,000 and Mr. Rutter’s $21,600. The main disadvantage Watson had was dealing with an overload of information. Since there is so much information on each topic, the computer took longer to decide what was relevant and what was not. I thought this competition was unfair with using the buzzer, since Watson had an automatic timer and can push the button much faster than the humans could. But overall I think the use of the machine is a great advance in technology.
Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine April 12, 2011