IBM's Watson Too Good For Human Quiz Opponents

IBM's Watson supercomputer has beaten the two former champions that were competing against it in the popular US trivia show Jeopardy.

Following a three-day Jeopardy game marathon,Watson demolished its human opponents, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, to win the $1 million grand prize.

The supercomputer was up against two of long-running show's greatest ever champions. Jennings has previously won a record 74 consecutive games while Rutter has earned a total of $3million from the game show.

All three contestants got most of the questions right though Watson's processing speed was more than its human competitors could handle. Watson had been programmed to analyse huge amounts of data in less time than is humanly possible.

IBM took the opportunity to announce a research partnership with voice recognition technology maker Nuance Communications to commercialise Watson's capabilities in the healthcare sector.

Dr John E Kelly III, senior vice president and director of IBM research, told BBC News “We can transform the way that healthcare professionals accomplish everyday tasks by enabling them to work smarter and more efficiently.”

IBM had previously benefitted from a large publicity boost when they developed the chess-playing computer Deep Blue which defeated the World Champion of the day Garry Kasparov.