IBM's new supercomputer knows a lot about archaeology—and everything else. And can answer in the form of a question.
This video is of a Trebek-less practice round of Jeopardy, in which IBM's computer Watson seems to be really giving champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter a run for their money.
A friend of mine was on the show once and reported that buzzing in first was harder than getting the questions right. Many questions he knew, but clicked his buzzer a nanosecond too late. I wonder if Watson, being a computer, can click faster than either of those humans. That certainly proves the superiority of machine over man, but maybe gives Watson an unfair advantage for different reasons than its ability to recall information and answer questions. Regardless, it's an impressive performance. I can't wait for the official competition on Jeopardy February 14, 15, and 16.