|Holt Tops Watson in Jeopardy Round|
|Tuesday, 01 March 2011 15:48|
Holt Led At the End of the First Round Before Other Members Took the Stage
(Washington, D.C.) – In an exhibition Jeopardy! match with IBM’s Watson, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt last night held off the computing system in the round he played, the first of three of a three-part practice match. IBM sponsored the event to foster a dialogue about U.S. global competitiveness and to encourage greater focus on math and science education.
Holt, a five-time Jeopardy winner from 35 years ago, played the first round along with Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA-06). At the end of the round, Holt had earned to $8,600 to Watson’s $6,200. Holt and Cassidy then switched out for Reps. Jared Polis (CO-02) and Jim Himes (CT-04), and later Rep. Nan Hayworth (NY-19). The final score for the match was Watson $40,300, Congressional Members $30,000.
"The simulated match with Watson and Congressional members tonight is more than a trivia contest," Christopher Padilla, Vice President, IBM Governmental Programs. "The technology behind Watson represents a major advancement in computing. In the data intensive environment of government, this type of technology can help organizations make better decisions and improve how government helps its citizens."
Watson did beat the Congressmen on the buzzer to provide the response to the clue, “Ambrose Bierce described this as ‘a temporary insanity curable by marriage.’” Watson rang in first and correctly answered, “What is love?”
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