It's Watson, of course.IBM's supercomputer, pretty much as expected, did indeed crush the human competition on Jeopardy!.After a three-day tournament against past champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, the machine had "earned" $77,147. Jennings was second with $24,000.
As much of the nation digs out from one of the worst blizzards in years, there's this bit of hopeful news from Pennsylvania:"Punxsutawney Phil" did not see his shadow — which if you believe in the Groundhog Day legend, means we'll have an early spring.Many are surely hoping he's right.
Thirty-one ounces of iced refreshment in one big ... well, we can't really call it a "gulp" can we?That's what Starbucks' new "Trenta" holds (and no, 'bucks isn't offering Trenta-sized hot coffee drinks at any of the shops where it's rolling out the bigger cups; just iced drinks).
Times are tough in California, but it doesn't hurt to have a chuckle.Here's the just-sworn in Gov. Jerry Brown (a Democrat, who when he last led the state, a few decades ago, was called "Gov. Moonbeam" by some of his foes) during his inauguration today.
There's been some buzz today about a Wisconsin-based club's annual award for "lie of the year."First there were straight-ahead stories about the Burlington Liars Club giving the "honor" to David Milz of Bristol, Wis., for this line: "I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met."
We're spending part of today's program exploring why we game and what games say about the cultures that play them.Jay Tummelson really likes German board games. It was his idea to bring the popular German game "Settlers of Catan" to the American market.
A few weeks ago, an NPR coworker brought Frank James and me some SunChips.The bag they came in -- which is "100 percent compostable" and made from plant products, apparently -- was big and shiny and, when we dared to touch it, noisy. Really noisy, actually.