Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy! playing computer/end of mankind that I mentioned a while ago, is finally slated to play two of the show’s all-time champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, in a three-day challenge which will air February 14, 15, and 16. I haven’t watched Jeopardy! in an incredibly long time, but I’m definitely going to tune in to watch the opening volley in the oncoming robot takeover.
Also of note is NOVA’s documentary on Watson, which will be broadcast just before the Jeopardy! episoes air. Here’s the description (via The Numerati):
NOVA “Smartest Machine on Earth” Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET NOVA investigates the world of artificial intelligence and profiles the computer that could be the “Smartest Machine on Earth.” Known as “Watson,” this IBM supercomputer is so advanced it’s pursuing the first-of-its-kind challenge competing against “Jeopardy!” champions to prove its uncanny ability to mimic the human thought process. This program is the culmination of a special NOVA three-hour primetime block on February 9 dubbed as “The Smartest Night on TV”: NOVA scienceNOW’s “How Smart Are Animals?” at 8:00 pm ET, followed by NOVA’s “Making Stuff Smarter” at 9:00 pm ET, concluding with NOVA’s “Smartest Machine on Earth” at 10:00 pm ET.
If you can’t go standing up, perhaps Toirettsu isn’t for you (sorry ladies, but your hands-free method allows you to play Angry Birds on the can anyhow). Toirettsu targets restaurant and retail environments, ostensibly in hopes that by giving users goal-oriented mini-games to focus on, their men’s room floors might stay a bit cleaner as gents have somewhere to aim.