Watson’s defeat of man struck a hard blow against our hope of dominating computers in trivia party games ever again, but do you know who was hurt worse? The charity that Ken Jennings was playing for. Instead of taking home $US1 million, Ken Jennings won $US300,000 (and gave half of that to charity).
Here’s your chance to fight back against the machines by donating $US1 to VillageReach, Ken’s charity of choice. Well, mostly only one machine. One machine whose cold exterior belies a very warm interior (servers get pretty hot when they’re running).
Even though Watson’s winnings were all donated as well, I’d like to think that he blew his half on RAM and compressed air dust removers. [Philanthroper]