“Jeopardy’s” IBM challenge — aka the unofficial pre-prequel to “Battlestar Galactica” — ends its three night run on Feb. 16, with the toaster coming out on top.
Watson, the giant IBM computer, topped previous “Jeopardy” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, with $41,413 and a three-day total of $77,147. IBM will donate its $1 million in winnings to humanitarian groups World Vision and World Community Grid.
The final clue? “William Wilkinson’s ‘An account of the principalities of Wallachia and Modavia’ inspired this author’s most famous novel.” All three competitors answered correctly with Bram Stroker — though we suspect Watson was waffling about naming a Canadian writer.
A card until the very end, Jennings tagged a “Simpsons” quote onto his answer: “I for one welcome our new computer overlords.” We sure have missed his nerd-isms and playful use of font.
It was an exciting three days, folks. Now, we turn to the series’ “Teen Tournament,” an arena Watson would really excel in. They go way too easy on those kids.