I too am an avid Jeopardy viewer/participant. My thoughts hinge on the timing of sending the text answer to Watson for its response. If the text is sent as Alex begins to read the answer, then the machine has an unfair advantage because of processing speed. If the answer text is sent as Alex reads the last word of the answer, then I think the field is more balanced.
Overall I am not focused on the speed of "Watson" but around the percentage of responses, and correct responses. This to me is the crux of the "show down"  between human and machine is all about.

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I watched the entire three-day event, and thought about e-mailing the list a "Chat" after the segment on Tuesday's show that talked about information overload, the need to be able to mine the ever-increasing amount of data for that which is most pertinent and useful in helping healthcare professionals make the right decisions to improve patient outcomes, etc. While the segment focused on IBM leading the way, images of Katherine Hepburn in Desk Set suddenly popped into my head.

As is usually the case with the upper echelon of Jeopardy contestants, it was pretty obvious all three contestants knew the correct answer for nearly all questions--Watson simply seemed to have an advantage of buzzing in first :)

"I for one welcome our new computer overlords" -- Ken Jennings

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Watson: from Jeopardy! to the hospital...

Disclaimer: I started watching Jeopardy in elementary school when Art
Fleming was host and my mom and I watched it when I came home for lunch.  My
life's greatest ambition was once to be a contestant.  I'm sorry, but I was
rooting for the humans.  Farewell, cruel world.

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