Does IBM Watson Have An Unfair Speed Advantage Over Its Jeopardy Challengers?

Does IBM Watson Have An Unfair Speed Advantage Over Its Jeopardy Challengers?
technology

The machine's creators say that there are other (more human) elements too, that matter in winning the game.

Naresh Kumar
  • 18 february 2011

With the recent victory of IBM Watson over champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in the first round of Jeopardy IBM Challenge, there were murmurs of the machine having an unfair speed advantage by which it was able to hit the buzzer faster than human players. As PSFK had reported some time back, Watson stores millions of pieces of data in its brain and recognizes wordplay and oddly phrased questions, something which is essential in order to do well in Jeopardy, but does it really have an advantage over its challengers in terms of buzzer speed? Its creators say no, adding that humans have the ability to ‘ring in’ as fast has Watson does.

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