I.B.M. … is in the final stages of completing a computer program to compete against human “Jeopardy!” contestants. If the program beats the humans, the field of artificial intelligence will have made a leap forward …[New York Times]
In addition, IBM researchers and “Jeopardy!” producers are toying with the idea of creating a computer-generated avatar that would “stand next to” the human contestants and creepily announce its answers in the form of a question via Stephen Hawking-voice.
Imagine: a digitized Sean Connery finally getting an answer right for once!!! Though the cost may be our eventual extinction, at least we can have it TiVo’d. For the survivors.