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Rep. Himes To Take On Watson the Supercomputer

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes will test his brain power Monday night against Watson , the supercomputer that defeated two human challengers on "Jeopardy!" a few weeks ago, IBM has announced.

The event will take place at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. Himes will join three other members of Congress, Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in a series of challenging questions against the computer. The event will not be televised.

Watson was designed by IBM and faced off against former "Jeopardy!" champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in three broadcasts, besting both of them. Watson received a $1 million prize, which IBM donated to charity, while Jennings and Rutter received $300,000 and $200,000 respectively. Watson was not hooked up to the Internet during the contests.

"The technology behind Watson represents a major advancement in enabling computers to more precisely respond to information needs, finding the critical knowledge buried in huge volumes of natural language content people face every day," IBM said in a statement.

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