â€œToured the Burj in this U.A.E. city. They say itâ€™s the tallest tower in the world; looked over the ledge and lost my lunch.â€
This is the quintessential sort of clue you hear on the TV game show â€œJeopardy!â€ Itâ€™s witty (the clueâ€™s category is â€œPostcards From the Edgeâ€), demands a large store of trivia and requires contestants to make confident, split-second decisions. This particular clue appeared in a mock version of the game in December, held in Hawthorne, N.Y. at one of I.B.M.â€™s research labs. Two contestants â€” Dorothy Gilmartin, a health teacher with her hair tied back in a ponytail, and Alison Kolani, a copy editor â€” furrowed their brows in concentration. Who would be the first to answer?
Neither, as it turned out. Both were beaten to the buzzer by the third combatant: Watson, a supercomputer … read the rest of the story by clicking on this link.
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