Man against machine. Literally. The last time I heard that phrase was when the chess player Garry Kasparov played a game against an IBM computer many years ago in 1977 and won the match. It was highly publicized. Well, the challenge is on again in a way. This time it is a couple of guys who won on the long time running game show “Jeopardy.” They will play against a IBM computer as well.
I always feel sorry for the poor geeks that play “Jeopardy” each night. These people represent some of the brightest humans our country has to offer. Each night, after answering correctly well thought out answers in a moments notice to rare and obscure questions on usually ancient information or highly technical subjects they earn little money. After a long session of quick fire thinking, they are lucky to have earned a few thousand dollars. Please “ Jeopardy“, get with it. Most game show contestants are happy to lose what you offer as a prize. On “Deal or No Deal “you don’t even have to answer any questions; just decide how greedy you want to be. On “Minute to Win It” you balance a egg on a spoon and start at $25,000.
Why? The point of this experiment is a competition that will show how successful scientists are in creating a computer that can mimic human intelligence. Yes, lets participate and help our humanoid doom. Help the computers to realize our every essence and take over us and end slave us. Ok, Sorry, I’m getting too paranoid in a science fiction way. However, this game unlike chess often requires contestants to deal with subtleties, puns and riddles and to answer quickly and correctly.