Jared Polis loses to supercomputer Watson (and a New Jersey Dem) in Jeopardy showdown
Colorado Representative Jared Polis is a politician unafraid to do the unconventional -- like, for instance, beer bonging with Stephen Colbert. So it's no surprise he eagerly signed up to compete against IBM supercomputer and Ken Jennings-vanquisher Watson in a special Congressional Jeopardy exhibition. No, it wasn't televised, doubtless to prevent the competing reps from being embarrassed. Which at least one of them was not.
Of course, that official -- Rush Holt of New Jersey -- was something of a ringer, being a past Jeopardy champ. And he reportedly hasn't lost his chops, beating Watson in a match that also included Polis and fellow representatives Jim Himes from Connecticut and New York's Nan Hayworth.
How'd Polis do? He lost by a mere 15,700 points -- but he felt pretty good about it, telling the Wall Street Journal, ""I avoided humiliation and came behind a supercomputer and a nuclear physicist."
Here's how Polis announced the results to his Twitter followers:
As for Holt, he won bragging rights for humanity, staving off our total enslavement by machines for at least one more day. Here's a video of him talking about the contest.
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