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IBM's Watson Impressive in Jeopardy Debut

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It's not time to head for the hills just yet... Although IBM's Watson performed admirably in the first day of a three day, two game tournament against former Jeopardy greats Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, there are clearly some kinks that need to be worked out.

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Watson jumped out to an early lead, ringing in and questioning in a Douglas Rain-esque voice, "What is shoe?" to an answer that involved a four letter word for the shielding on a horse's hoof. Watson then chose another clue that turned out to be a daily double, which he immediately made a true daily double by betting the max of $1000. I don't quite remember the exact answer but Watson responded "Who is Hyde?" referring to Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, which was correct. Then he was off to the races. The next question was a fill in the blank type with Beatles' lyrics to which Watson responded "Who is Jude?" Then there was a question about Michael Phelps that he got right and so on. Just before the commercial

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