Watson is related to HAL
It's an IBM computer, and after the first round it is ahead of Ken Jennings and tied with Brad Rutter. Who knows what will happen after it finally develops?
Watson was made to avert
HAL / is HAL's Good Twin
It was designed with an eye toward interacting with humans, and has a blue "eye" instead of a red one. Also, Alex is being nice to it.
Watson will become a Troper.
Come on. Interrelating a bunch of media factoids? It's perfect for him! Of course, IBM might grow concerned if he spends too much time wandering the site
IBM Researcher: Come on, Watson, we need to finish this project for NASA!
Watson: Just one more tab, please?
- Just got the hilarious image of a computer having to be told "No web surfing until you finish your homework!".
Watson's planed medical database commercial successor will be Wilson
Yes, I know v is named for IBM's founder Thomas J. Watson.
Jeopardy! has been rigged on occasion
Yes, on rare occasion, the producers slip the questions to a contestant in advance.
- Evidence for this? I was a contestant, and the security was state-secret level. Nobody knows which board will be used until minutes before the show, and we were instructed not to speak to any staff lest we pry.
- Rigging quiz shows in any way has been a crime since 1960, with the amending of the federal Communications Act. No way Jeopardy! is going to risk a hit to their reputation like that.
Ken Jennings will host the show after Trebek retires.
- Alex mentioned some of the contestants wanting to replace him as host of this show. Certain discussions at jboard recognized his expiring contract. Ken Jennings would seem a obvious candidate to replace him if Alex does not refresh the contract, with Ken's notability with the show. Might not work too well if Ken is too wired to answer the questions as they come up rather than reading them.
Ken Jennings lost on purpose.
- His playing style was completely different on his last day, most notably in Final Jeopardy. Usually if he answered wrong in Final Jeopardy, he was pretty close to the right answer. On the day he lost, his answer was nowhere near correct. It was like he wasn't even trying that day. Most likely he decided "Ah heck, I've been on here long enough. I wanna go home and start spending this money I've been winning."
- Jossed. In a Reddit thread, Jennings simply admits that there was a question he didn't know, and it would be probable for him to get questions wrong in such a pattern over a long number of games so that he would lose.
- Over a long enough period of time, the chances of you avoiding an event reach zero. Ken just reached his zero point finally.