This got posted late-night, so I’m retitling with an Update and pulling it up top again for anybody who missed it.
Update: We’re getting a little detail now on Holt v. Watson. Holt reminds us math & science education is key, and research & development is important: “While it was fun to out-do Watson for one night in trivia; it is vital that, as a nation, we out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world for generations to come.” Holt lead in categories Presidential Rhyme Time and Also a Laundry Detergent proving his knowledge both historical and practical. And he knew what Hippophobia is the fear of. It’s not hippos. – – Rosi
To cries of Go humanity! Rush Holt beat the Watson supercomputer that stumped all-time Jeopardy winner Ken Jennings tonight. So maybe Scott Sipprelle, Michael Halfacre & Bill Spadea and any of the other Republicans who tried to take Holt’s congressional seat can feel better about their lives now. They never had a chance.
This was an exhibition game hosted by IBM. Watson took on 5 congressmen in the Watson vs. Members tournament: Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Nan Hayworth (R-NY), Jim Himes (D-CT) and Holt.
Rush Holt is a 5-time Jeopardy winner. But Himes was a Rhodes Scholar. Himes had the crowd in his corner when he bet everything on a question about a chicken recipe.
But at the end of his round, Rush Holt had Holt scored 8,600 points to Watson’s 6,200, the only lawmaker to beat Watson. Watson is fresh off scoring a major victory over Ken Jennings, who won more than $3 million phrasing it in the form of a question in Jeopardy’s longest-running streak.
Of course, this being Rush My Congressman IS a Rocket Scientist Holt, you can imagine that even as he was playing he had a corner of his brain working the issues of research and congressional funding for supercomputers like so many Rubik’s cubes. And, I’m pretty sure Holt kicked Watson’s tires after, looked in the back, punched up a few buttons, whatever people do with supercomputers.
Getting ready for his man vs. machine moment today, @RushHolt tweeted:
Although Watson was just a little Atari when I was on the show 3 decades ago, he’s grown up & I’m slower than I was then. I watch in awe.
I’m a little in awe, myself. My old boss is a rocket scientist.