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Man vs. Machine on Jeopardy

IBM researchers are hard at work creating a computer that will match wits against humans on the television show Jeopardy. Compared to checkers, chess, or backgammon, playing Jeopardy would seem to be a hard task for a computer because language is such a fundamental part of answering the questions correctly.
I found this article on the subject, written by David Goldman of, to be both informative and entertaining.
In the spirit of Jeopardy — if Mr. Goldman is smart — if
the answer is “How David Goldman paid for his children’s
college tuition,” then the question surely should be, “With the hefty book
advance he received for the book that came out of the article he wrote on IBM taking on Jeopardy.”