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Save the Date: “Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge”

Get a Glimpse of the Future of Computing and Artificial Intelligence

IBM’s celebrated supercomputer Watson will square off against Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a first-of-its-kind competition to be aired Feb. 14, 15, and 16.

The Rensselaer community is invited to join with professors, scientists, and others from Rensselaer and IBM to watch as IBM’s Watson computer faces off against the two all-time Jeopardy! champions. According to IBM, “Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge” poses a specific question with very real business implications: “Can a system be designed that applies advanced data management and analytics to natural language in order to uncover a single, reliable insight — in a fraction of a second?”

The project team is led by IBM’s David Ferrucci ’94, principal investigator, and includes a number of Rensselaer alumni.

All three episodes will be shown at Rensselaer’s Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). The Jeopardy! episodes will be shown on a large high-definition screen in the EMPAC Concert Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and a discussion with experts from Rensselaer and IBM.

Following conclusion of the show on all three nights, the Rensselaer and IBM experts will stick around to answer questions.

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Volume 5, Number 2, February 4, 2011
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