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‘Jeopardy!’ computer beaten by New Jersey congressman

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

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