I wanted to mention this earlier. This week on Jeopardy (CBS Network) the best human players will attempt to beat Watson, a 2880 core IBM Jeopardy computer. This is more than a chess match because in Jeopardy you must supply the question based on an answer. There is also plenty of wordplay in the categories and the answers themselves making it a particularly difficult problem for computers. Here is snippet from the CBS press release:

The first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days. The grand prize for this competition will be $1 million with second place earning $300,000 and third place $200,000. Rutter and Jennings will donate 50 percent of their winnings to charity, and IBM will donate 100 percent of its winnings to charity.

There is a good write-up over at HPCwire. The Watson-Jeopardy challenge was the subject of a recent episode of Nova as well. Even more details are on the official Watson Page. My prediction: Watson all the way.

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