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The technology behind Watson relies on analytics to understand what is being asked, to crunch through massive amounts of data and provide the best answer based on the evidence it finds. That store of information adds up to 15 terabytes of memory, about the size of the total printed text in the Library of Congress. Mr Smith said inside Watson's brain are around "a million different books and 200m pages of material".
Watson's adversaries in the show are Ken Jennings, who won 74 games in a row - the most consecutive victories ever - and Brad Rutter, who scored the most money with winnings of more than $3m.
The rules provided for the developers to modify the program between games, an opportunity they said they used to shore up weaknesses in the computer's play that were revealed during the course of the match. This allowed the computer to avoid a trap in the final game that it had fallen for twice before.
Kasparov requested printouts of the machine's log files but IBM refused, although the company later published the logs on the Internet. Kasparov demanded a rematch, but IBM refused and dismantled Deep Blue.
Originally posted by MMPI2
Yeah, the machine will win...my guess is that there is too much money at state here for the computer's developers to let it be defeated by a mere human, and they will cheat if they have to in insuring a victory.