AUSTIN (KXAN) - The king is dead. Long live the new king! His name is Watson, and he is the new king of the popular television show "Jeopardy."
"Watson," the super computer, handily defeated Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, the two greatest human champions in the history of the game show.
Watson is stuffed with data, and has a method of being able to "reason" how likely the answers he came up with were correct.
"From there he reaches a final decision, here's my answer and here's my confidence in those answers. If it's confidence is high, when the light goes on, it buzzes in," said UT computer science professor Dr. Raymond J. Mooney.
UT research scientist Dr. Ken Barker pointed out the difficult ambiguities of language and the subtleties of Jeopardy.
"It's very tricky, you know," Barker said. "The questions are not set up to help humans answer them. They are set up to make them even more difficult for humans."
Eventually the technology of Watson could have practical applications in business and society, providing instant answers in the fields of medicine, law, engineering, just about anything you could imagine.
Jeopardy's host, Alex Trebek, talked about Watson on Wednesday's "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly" and showed one example where Watson's choice of question was incorrect, with a number of questions marks indicated after his answer.
The one that stumped the super computer had to do with a city that had two airports. Under the category "U.S. Cities," the answers provided were "Its largest airport is named for a World War II hero; its second largest, for a World War II battle."
The question should have been "What is Chicago?" -- with O'Hare Airport and Midway Airport -- but Watson gave the answer of "What is Toronto????????" -- wrong.
The hosts joked about Watson needing a stronger geography lesson, given that Watson didn't know Toronto is in Canada, but the United States.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.