Techdirt and Slashdot have reported on IBM's new Watson project designed to take on Jeopardy
The world of supercomputing and artificial intelligence has always been fascinated with games like chess, Go and poker -- where evaluating strategies for winning could be approached using vast computational resources. Another historical challenge for AI projects is the classic Turing Test, which requires an understanding of human communication in order to pass the test. So it's interesting to see IBM starting a project called Watson (named after IBM's founder, not Sherlock's assistant) to create a computer to compete on Jeopardy! against human contestants -- because doing so combines the goals of natural language processing and strategic game planning.
This may just be a PR move following in the footsteps of Deep Blue, but I think it's pretty cool (and not just because I like watching Jeopardy :) )