Angry Nerds: IBM's Watson Finishes Night One Of Jeopardy Challenge Tied For First Place

Did you all just see that? The IBM Jeopardy Challenge kicked off tonight, and Watson, the IBM-developed artificial intelligence absolutely more than held his own against his human competition. Mechanical men!

At the end of day one (it’s a three-day tournament), Watson, along with Brad Rutter, leads with $5,000. Poor Ken Jennings has only $2,000 to his name.

Double Jeopardy beings tomorrow, while Twitter (where I got that “angry nerds” barb) is the place to be during the show.

I can’t even pretend to be impartial—I’m pulling for Watson all the way here, and I, for one, welcome our new artificial intelligence overlords.

Sorry about the spoilers, West Coasties. I’ll keep them out of the headline and behind the “read more” fold tomorrow and Wednesday.