Wednesday, March 2, 2011

U.S. Representative Rush Holt (NJ) Defeats Watson

Apparently IBM's Jeopardy-playing computer can indeed be defeated, and by a congressman no less.

Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey, former Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, was a Jeopardy winner 35 years ago when the show was in its initial run. Watson was pitted against several congressmen in promotional match in a Washington hotel, but Holt, who holds a PhD in Physics, was the only winner. The exhibition was a chance for IBM to promote potential government applications of their technology, and for politicians to promote the value of science education.

Holt was my Representative when I lived in his district. No, I didn't vote for him, but he always seemed like a decent guy, and we used to live in the same town. He's also the answer the Jeopardy question: "Who is the only Quaker currently serving in Congress?" (Quick: Which U.S. Presidents were Quakers?)

I promise this is my last Watson post. Until the next one.


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