"Jeopardy" is a television game show where contestants gain points by knowing trivia. IBM is developing Watson, a computer which will compete against humans on "Jeopardy." As PC Magazine concludes, it may not be long before Watson is better than any human player: "Meet Watson, IBM Supercomputer and Future 'Jeopardy' Champ."
A computer which outsmarts people at games isn't so far fetched. Deep Blue is a computer which not only plays chess but in 1997 was able to beat the reigning World Chess Champion. IBM Research has details.
Whereas the trick to winning chess strategies is largely mathematical, the trick for trivia is sorting through vast amounts of data and drawing inferences, including understanding semantics (the meanings behind words). What does this have to do with business? Watson is part of IBM's smarter planet efforts. As IBM's CEO explains it, "With advanced computing power and deep analytics, we can infuse business and societal systems with intelligence."
There's even a YouTube video introducing the idea: