Chicago Stumps "Jeopardy!" Computer

Man vs. machine challenge ends tonight

By Hannah Chanpong
|  Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 10:42 AM CDT
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“Watson” was on a roll during Tuesday’s episode of “Jeopardy!” until it got blown away by the Windy City.

After dominating competitors Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter for most of the game, the IBM supercomputer was stumped by the Final Jeopardy answer: “Its largest airport is named for a World War II hero; its second largest, for a World War II battle.”

If that sounds familiar, it’s because the correct question is: "What is Chicago?"

Watson guessed incorrectly, “What is Toronto?”

The human “Jeopardy!” champs knew the answer. But when the game – the second in a three-night series – was over, Watson had earned $35,734. Jennings and Rutter's earnings paled in comparison at $4,800 and $10,400, respectively.

The third and final game of the Man vs. Machine competition airs Wednesday.

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