Friday, February 18, 2011


I am still fuming over this stupid-IBM-no personality-rectangular-poor excuse for a real person


soundly trouncing my boyish hero

 Ken Jennings

in a special three day Jeopardy farce event.

As the clues were revealed on the fabulous blue screen, my heart beat like a jackrabbit chased by a coyote watching  Ken's formidable brain make his eyes light up with that 

"I know this" 

gleam.  But obviously Watson's steely computer fingers were programmed to have unfair clicker advantage because  time after time Alex would say, "Watson?" And the souless microchip would chant in his braggy automated voice

"What is Cincinnati?"

My only solace?
Ken beat the evil Brad

Did you know Ken received the Congressional Medal of Freedom for Being Smart?  Well neither did I but he should have.

Did you know that Ken's oldest daughter is named Trivianna?  Neither did I but isn't it a great idea?

Age progression of Ken winning Senior Tournament of Champions

U ken!!!




Holly said...

I honestly had no idea that show was still on. I don't get out much, nor do I have access to the remote.

just call me jo said...

I love you, but you are geeky to the max...or to the ken....hahaha!

Lauren said...

My dad helped build Watson! I haven't watched the Jeopardy event but I try to tell myself that Watson is so smart because of my dad...but doesn't every girl think her dad is the smartest person in the world? I am sure Ken Jennings's daughter thinks so....

jen said...

I agree. There is something about a computer's ability to click in at precisely the right second. CUZ KEN'S super smart!

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Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Trivianna? Really? Well, at least it's unique...just like Ken. :)

Darlene said...

Oh Laraine, how I do agree with you. I hate hate hate Watson. Ken should have won hands down, but he didn't even have a chance. Thank heavens he at least came in second.

Where did you get that picture of the young Ken? Did you know him back when? He was so cute (and still is in my book)

Cruella Collett said...

I had a looooong discussion at work yesterday, on how this would work. Does the computer have access to the Internet? Does it just have a large data base? Both of those are man made, while Ken's brain is - well, man-and-woman made, I guess, but at least not specifically composed to answer (question?) Jeopardy questions (answers...). It's just a neat side effect. So I think I'm still more impressed of the guy than the computer.

Sue said...

I'm not surprised the computer won. Unfair advantage, for sure.


karen said...

It doesn't surprise me that the robot won. Stupid contest. Give me a guy with personality every time. (I assume Ken has personality? I never watch Jeopardy...)