IBM Watson DeepQA

One project that exemplifies the idea that data science is a team sport is the IBM DeepQA research project which originated as an IBM grand challenge to build an artificial intelligence system capable of answering natural language questions against predetermined domain knowledge. The Question Answering (QA) system should be good enough to be able to compete with human contestants at the Jeopardy! popular television game show.

As is widely known, this system dubbed IBM Watson went on to win the competition in 2011 against two of the most seasoned Jeopardy! champions: Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. The following photo was taken from the actual game that aired on February 2011:

IBM Watson battling Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter at Jeopardy! ...

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