Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Turns out all it took to top Watson, the “Jeopardy!”-winning computer, was a congressman — who also happens to be a rocket scientist.
Two weeks after Watson trounced two former “Jeopardy!” champions during a televised man-vs.-machine match, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) topped the IBM computer Monday night in an untelevised exhibition match of congressmen vs. machine held at a Washington hotel.
Holt won by a margin of $8,600 to $6,200 in one of several games involving congressmen. But the computer triumphed against other representatives.
Holt did have a bit of “Jeopardy!” experience: He was a five-time champion during the trivia show’s original run 35 years ago. AP