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Jeopardy! genius Ken Jennings on what it's like to play against a supercomputer.
By Ken Jennings
Posted Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at 11:04 PM ET

Ken Jennings and 'Watson.' Click image to expand.When I was selected as one of the two human players to be pitted against IBM's "Watson" supercomputer in a special man-vs.-machine Jeopardy! exhibition match, I felt honored, even heroic. I envisioned myself as the Great Carbon-Based Hope against a new generation of thinking machines--which, if Hollywood is to believed, will inevitably run amok, build unstoppable robot shells, and destroy us all. But at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Lab, an Eero Saarinen-designed fortress in the snowy wilds of New York's Westchester County, where the shows taped last month, I wasn't the hero at all. I was the villain.

This was to be an away game for humanity, I realized as I walked onto the slightly-smaller-than-regulation Jeopardy! set that had been mocked up in the building's main auditorium. In the middle of the floor was a huge image of Watson's on-camera avatar, a glowing blue ball crisscrossed by "threads" of thought--42 threads, to be precise, an in-joke for Douglas Adams fans. The stands were full of hopeful IBM programmers and executives, whispering excitedly and pumping their fists every time their digital darling nailed a question. A Watson loss would be invigorating for Luddites and computer-phobes everywhere, but bad news for IBM shareholders.

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Ken Jennings won 74 consecutive games of Jeopardy! in 2004. He is the author of Brainiac, Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac, and the forthcoming Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks.

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 From Mrs Lucy eyadema
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Greetings in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ,i know that God will grant you the willingness and interest to digest this humble narration,though it might be strange to believe my story but i know by the reasoning of the Almighty you will humbly understood and accept to proceed with my proposal though we have not met or seen each other before.
My name is Sister Lucy Eyadema, a widow to Mr Benson Eyadema who was a competent business man here in Abidjan Ivory Coast,we were married for many years without child till his death in October 2007 after a brief illness,due to the promise which i revered to him on the alter at the day of our church wedding i decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which is against the holy bible.
My happiness is that my late husband lived a life of a true & worthy Christian and he has this plan before his death which he pleaded with me to appropriate it to accomplishment,he took this decision with me to use this fund in building an orphanage in his name that will accommodate thousand's of children,and also to use part of this fund in helping the less privileged and to spread the gospel of the Lord to the remote places of the world.
I am interested and willing to use this fund for the propagation of God's work in any form whether for Charity,ministry evangelical work, building of church, clinic, school,orphanage,library and drilling of water for the local community,widows,old aged people,and people living with HIV AIDS who can not afford to pay for health threatment,or any other thing in relation to God's wish,but not for war or unbelievers (muslem).
My late husband deposit the sum of $2.5 Million (Two Million Five Hundred U.S. Dollars)in the bank here in Ghana in a fix deposit account,recently my Doctor told me that i would not last for the next 6 months due to breast cancer problem,the one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness,having known my condition i decided to seek for a competent and reliable God fearing person or church to entrust this fund to utilize in the way i narrated above as my late husband desired,to endeavor that the house and gosepel of God is maintained worldwide.
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I don't need any telephone communication in regard of this issue due to my illness and because the presence of my husband's relatives around me always,i don't want them to know about this development,with God all things are possible.
As soon as i receive your reply i shall give you the contact of the Bank in Abidjan,i will also issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund,i want you and the church to always pray for me,i know that the Lord is my shephard,whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve Him in spirit and truth.
Please always be prayerful all through your life,contact me immediately you received this message because any delay to reply will give me room in sourcing another humble servant of God for the same purpose,may God bless you as you assure me holeheartedly that you will act accordingly as i Stated in my letter.
Please be aware that this message is written by Sister Helen the staff nurse,she is the only person that is aware of this union for now,hoping to receive your reply soon.
Remain Blessed In The Lord,
Yours Sister Lucy Eyadema

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For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
            the LORD bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
            from those who walk uprightly.

Psalm 84:11

Sometimes when I share the Gospel, I get the response, "I know I need Christ, but I'm afraid he might call me somewhere I don't want to go." Many people genuinely believe that the day they accept Christ, God's going to call them to minister to penguins in Antarctica!

But let me tell you, living in Christ has been a more abundant life than I could've ever imagined! He's never taken me to a place without giving me his supernatural peace in heading that direction. And, he's never led me down a road that's caused me to look back and say, "I wish God hadn't done that."

I hope you know today that God wants you to enjoy life's blessings. If it's wholesome, if it's good, if it's godly, and if it will make you a better person, he wants you to have it! He doesn't hold back good things from you.

So when you look around and it seems everyone else is having all the fun, remember that God has blessed you with specific blessings for the specific purpose he has for you. And as you grow in your faithfulness to him and walk uprightly, he will bless you all the more! 


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