Jeopardy and the future of risk management

Computers may triumph playing Jeopardy, but that represents mastery of only one dimension of what we call human intelligence, argues David Rowe


The US was recently riveted by a three-day contest of Jeopardy that pitted the two most successful players in the history of the game show against a massive computer from IBM called Watson.1 For those who may not be familiar with it, Jeopardy is a long-running television game show in the US and was probably the inspiration for the parlour game Trivial Pursuit.

In the end, the computer triumphed in the head-to-head contest, despite some quite silly blunders.2 Building a computer that could win

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