Himes Vs. Machine

The machine that won Jeopardy takes on Congress.

Pitting human against robot has been a topic of sci-fi films for a long time. The popular trivia game show “Jeopardy!” brought it to life when two of its most successful players, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, lost a three-day match to IBM’s supercomputer named Watson.

Today, the battle hits closer to home.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4), and a few other Congress members, will face Watson in a game of "Jeopardy!" in Washington tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.

The point of this match is to spark conversation about technology’s positive impact on society and how it can help government make better decisions for its citizens.

Watson represents an advancement in technology that enables computers to obtain information that is buried in high volumes of natural language, just like people do every day.

Dr. Eric Brown, IBM Research Scientist and a member of the team that developed Watson, and Chris Padilla, vice president of IBM Governmental Programs will host the match.

Other attendees include Rush Holt, a Democrat from New Jersey, Nan Hayworth, a Republican from New York, and Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana.

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