The Last King of the American Middlebrow
May 14, 2014
Who is Alex Trebek?
February 14, 2011
In a series of three televised events starting tonight, an IBM supercomputer named Watson is set to compete against two human champions on the game show “Jeopardy!” If the computer wins—and in test matches that IBM has held, Watson has been dominating the humans—it will inspire comparisons to Deep Blue, the chess computer that shocked the world and prompted existential hand-wringing about the nature of human consciousness by beating Garry Kasparov in 1997. But here’s the rub: “Jeopardy!”is actually a terrible way of proving that Watson is more intelligent than its opponents.
They All Seem Like Game Show Hosts To Me
February 26, 2010
Via The Washington Examiner: Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is among the many hosts of a fundraiser tonight in Malibu for a Political Action Committee called Combat Veterans for Congress. The event, which costs $1,000 to attend, will benefit 18 Republican candiates with military backgrounds. I don't see what harm could come from putting Alex Trebek in a testosterone-soaked atmosphere. Oh, wait: