You know how people who win the lottery always say things like they’re going to give most of it away to charity and then they never really do? You’ll see them on an E! True Hollywood story where they’ll sob on camera and say that the money ruined their lives?
Well, Alex Trebek and his magical Jeopardy machine are making it really easy for contestants to make good on their promises. In their first-ever Man versus machine match, the show will pit Jeopardy all-stars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter against an IBM computer named “Watson.” LOL.
So that’s pretty entertaining in itself. But the cool part is that Jennings— who had a record 74 consecutive wins on the show and earned more than $2.5 mill— has pledged to give half of his prize money to a Seattle charity called VillageReach if he wins(a nonprofit aiming to improve health care in developing nations), while Brad Rutter— Jeopardy’s all-time biggest money winner— will give half of his earnings to a PA Community Foundation.
While half of their winnings going to charity would be great, the best part is that if Watson the computer wins, all of his earnings go to charity (top prize is a cool $1 million)!
Personally, I’ll be rooting for Watson! But to see who makes it out on top, tune into the matches, which will air Feb. 14th-16th.
Update: It was just announced that humanity has lost the first informal match. We are one step closer to becoming slaves to the machines. From the article: “The contest, which was held at a temporary ‘Jeopardy!’ set built at IBM’s Research Lab in New York, finished within ten minutes and saw Watson score $4,400, Mr Jennings score $3,400 and another contestant Mr Rutter score $1,200.”