Year 7, Book 55

55. Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything by Stephen Baker
I read this book for one of my book clubs and found it to be a very interesting story. It covers how the idea for Watson came into being, the challenges that came with designing the computer, and how they were able to pull of the Jeopardy match. I had no idea how hard it was for IBM to even convince Jeopardy to go along with this venture, and all the requirements that were placed on them to make it work. The author managed to bring the appropriate amount of tension to a story that everyone reading probably knows the outcome to. It’s a well written behind the scenes tale. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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