I'll take Bad Ideas for $800, Alex.
Jeopardy's love of puns undermined the very real issues at the heart of this term.Read More
The producers behind Her-POW! The New Adventures of Vintage Heroines are attempting to create three short films telling the stories of existing Golden Age heroines whose stories are now in the public domain, starting with Ghost Woman, The Woman in Red, and The Veiled Avenger. To learn more about the project, check out the video after the jump!Read More
It's not every day you can trick Alex Trebek into doing a meme, but that's why this Jeopardy contestant is the real winner of the week.Read More
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but the game show Jeopardy! is nerdy AF, right? Like, it's kind of the epitome of nerddom. Well, apparently Alex Trebek never got the memo that he's the host of one of the nerdiest shows on television and thought it totally OK to imply that nerds and fans of nerdcore hip-hop are "losers." Thankfully, there are some nerdcore rappers around to set him straight.Read More
Alex Trebek excels at embodying his buttoned-up hosting persona on the serious-minded show Jeopardy!, so it's always a treat to see him saying ridiculous phrases. In the above clip, a contestant gets him to say "Turd Ferguson."Read More
What is "No more of this bullshit on national television?"
Alex, I'll take "Disgusting Gender Stereotypes That Are Damaging As A Part Of A Larger Misogynist Culture for $500," thanks.Read More
Submitted For Your Approval
...and why it's unlikely anyone will actually win it.
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek appeared on The Nerdist Podcast recently. It's a really interesting interview, and if you have an hour and a half to kill, it's a great way to do that. At one point host Chris Hardwick wondered what the theoretical maximum a player could win in one episode was, so we did the math.Read More
Team Ken Jennings Forever.
Earlier this week, we told you that IBM's super-duper super-computer Watson might one day be able to treat cancer patients by analyzing their genes (something Ken Jennings can never hope to accomplish, sadly). But that's the possible future, and who cares about that? Let's focus on what we know Watson is capable of: kicking human butt on Jeopardy.Read More
If you watch Jeopardy! regularly then you know how the rules work. If you don't watch Jeopardy! regularly, you need to reassess your priorities because you're missing a perfect half hour of television. If a contestant goes into Final Jeopardy with more than twice as much money as their opponents, they can not lose. That was the case last night when Leonard Cooper won $75,000 in the Teen Tournament by giving one of the best Jeopardy! answers of all time, because he knew his answer didn't matter.Read More
Comic book geeks everywhere rejoice, now you can watch an episode of Jeopardy! without pretending you're muddling over the clue like you know the answer. This Thursday, December 13th, the Walt Disney Company is certainly taking advantage of its ownership over ABC and Marvel Comics by introducing a Marvel NOW! category to the quiz show's game board. Because, you know, everybody in America knows the minutiae surrounding the continuity of the X-Men franchise.Read More
Last night, IBM's Watson was crowned Jeopardy!'s first supercomputer champion, scoring $77,147 to Ken Jennings' $24,000 and Brad Rutter's $21,600. On his Final Jeopardy answer, Jennings, the closest thing to a supercomputer champion Jeopardy! has ever had before, graciously congratulated the victor with a Kent Brockmanism, writing, "I for one welcome our new computer overlords." Also from Jennings: "To the 149 Ken Jennings losers back in 2004: if you are cheering for Watson right now, I forgive you."Read More
Punny questions and determined human opponents may have ground IBM's Watson supercomputer to a tie in the first part of its televised Jeopardy! match, but part two saw it regenerating like an angry T-1000 and blowing its former Jeopardy! champ competitors out of the water. Whereas the score ended at $5000-$5000-$2000 after part one, Watson won the match with a final score of $35,734 to its opponents' $10,400 and $4,800. You can watch Watson's whole remarkable performance below. Still, there was one odd glitch on Final Jeopardy. You can see what happened at the 6:30 mark of the second video below:Read More
After a month of buildup, anticipation, and Skynet-induced fright, IBM's Watson supercomputer made its big Jeopardy! debut on TV, and the result was (SPOILER ALERT) a tie. But an interesting sort of tie. Watson and human Brad Rutter both ended round one of the quiz show tied at $5,000 each, with former Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings trailing at $2,000. Earlier in the match, though, things looked a lot grimmer for mankind: At one point, the score was $200 for each human, $5,200 for Watson.Read More
IBM has created a supercomputer that will compete toe-to-toe in a game of Jeopardy! against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, two other (more organic) trivia machines. Aptly named "Watson" (though it is actually named after IBM's founder, not the English Doctor), the supercomputer has the ability to learn by studying past questions as well as parsing natural language queries to determine its strengths and weaknesses. While Watson is much less ominous than Skynet, HAL 9000 or Windows '95, it still has the same potential to make our lives utterly insignificant. Essentially, Watson is able to compute an answer in just three seconds by running the question through thousands of algorithms, each specifically designed for a certain type of question (for instance, sports, geography, or literature), which rely on a massive database of information. Each answer or "intermediate hypothesis" returned is assigned a confidence level which decides how likely it is. Another series of algorithms are used for risk-assessment, to decide whether or not to buzz in. What's even more impressive is that Watson is completely self-contained, and does not require an Internet connection.Read More
Apparently gluttons for punishment, 13 years after losing a chess game to a computer, humans have challenged the mighty machine to a round of Jeopardy to be aired in February. The two biggest winners on the show, Ken Jennings ($2.5 million) and Brad Rutter ($3.6 million), will be pitted against an IBM Power 7 server named Watson. (As in IBM founder Thomas J. Watson and not as in, "Elementary, my dear, Watson," which has actually never been said by Sherlock Holmes. I'll bet Watson didn't know that. On second thought, he/it probably did.)Read More
Outside of very specific cases, auto-tune and old TV personalities or public figures don't really mix. Last night's episode of Jeopardy was not one of those cases. Last night in the Double Jeopardy round, one category was "Alex Meets Auto-Tune," wherein Alex Trebek would sing the lyrics to songs in Auto-Tune with some fresh beats pumping in the background, and contestants had to identify the song. I don't want to spoil any of the fun by telling you the specific ridiculous bits before you watch, so let's get straight to the video:Read More
In what might be described as a shining achievement of fandom, a towering monument to obsession, or both, a team of Jeopardy! fans have compiled an archive of tens of thousands of and answer from Jeopardy!, show by show and season by season.
At 190,696 clues and counting, the J! Archive even records the names of each episode's contestants and works out 'batting averages' for each: The site's rotating front page features glowing testimonials from Jeopardy! champions like 2007 College Champion Cliff Galiher. "My biggest resource was the J! Archive... it taught me a lot about everything from common categories to wagering strategies for the Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy!"Read More