IBM's Watson Supercomputer To Star On US TV

IBM is preparing to enter a supercomputer into the popular US TV game show Jeopardy!

The company is entering it's Watson unit into the show, in order to demonstrate the capabilities of the much hyped machine.

Jeopardy! is a popular TV game show, based on a unique question-answer format, in which contestants are given answer-like clues and must guess the question being asked.

According to eWeek, the supercomputer will feature in three episodes of the game show and compete against two of the best Jeopardy! players in history.

The supercomputer will be pitted against Ken Jennings, who holds the record of playing 72 consecutive games on Jeopardy! winning more than $2.5 million and Brad Rutter who won $3.2 million.

IBM designed Watson, named after company founder Thomas Watson, to give answers to questions posed in a natural way. In the game show, IBM will see whether Watson is able to 'think' in a human way and give relevant answers to the questions asked by the host.