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In 1997, an IBM Artificial Intelligence system named Deep Blue defeated the human world champion in a chess match.

The game of Jeopardy! – which requires 3-second responses and the understanding of English questions, puns, and a massive knowledge base of facts – is a much harder challenge.  On February 14th, 15th, and 16th, an IBM AI system named Watson will be pitted against two human champions.

UW CSE will host a viewing event on the second of these nights – Tuesday February 15th.   The event will take place from 7:00-8:15 in EE105.  Professors from UW Computer Science & Engineering and experts from IBM and Microsoft will be on hand to provide commentary.

Please join us! Win, lose, or draw, this is a monumental step for computer science.

Here’s an announcement of the viewing event.