FINAL JEOPARDY: MAN vs. MACHINE eBook is Available Now

If you’ve tuned into Jeopardy this week, you’ve seen the game show’s former champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter getting schooled by a contestant named Watson. The funny (or maybe disturbing) thing is that Watson is a computer created by IBM. The man versus machine match ends tonight, with the winner being awarded the $1 million prize.

Even though the match isn’t yet over, an ebook about the event is already available in Amazon’s Kindle store. Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything by Stephen Baker chronicles the development of Watson, which was created solely to play Jeopardy. However, the ebook is missing its final chapter discussing the outcome of the match. This all-important last chapter will be available as a free update after tonight’s finale.

Synopsis of Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything by Stephen Baker:

Get the eBook version of Stephen Baker’s Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything a month before the epic February 2011 event—a nationally-televised face-off between Jeopardy! all-time winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, and an IBM-engineered computer named Watson. The eBook’s final chapter will divulge the winner and analyze the match, and will be available to readers as a free update directly after the event finale airs.

What if there were a computer that could answer virtually any question? IBM engineers are developing such a machine, teaching it to compete on the quiz show Jeopardy. In February 2011, it will face off in a nationally televised game against two of the game’s greatest all-time winners, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Final Jeopardy tells the riveting story behind the match.

Final Jeopardy carries readers on a captivating journey from the IBM lab to the podium. The story features brilliant Ph.D.s, Hollywood moguls, knowledge-obsessed Jeopardy masters — and a very special collection of silicon and circuitry named Watson. It is a classic match of Man vs. Machine, not seen since Deep Blue bested chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov. But Watson will need to do more than churn through chess moves or find a relevant web page. It will have to understand language, including puns and irony, and master everything from history and literature to science, arts, and entertainment.

At its heart, Final Jeopardy is about the future of knowledge. What can we teach machines? What will Watson’s heirs be capable of in ten or twenty years? And where does that leave humans? As fast and fun as the game itself, Final Jeopardy shows how smart machines will fit into our world — and how they’ll disrupt it.

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