It seems that Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) did what the two greatest Jeopardy players of all time couldn’t do. He beat Watson in Jeopardy. Holt is a trained rocket scientist and former five-day Jeopardy! champ:
Holt — who was a five-time Jeopardy! winner more than 30 years ago and joked midday that Watson was “just a little Atari” when he made his game-show splash – tweeted almost an hour ago about the experience: “I played a full round against @IBMWatson tonight and was proud to hold my own: the final tally was Holt $8,600, Watson $6,200.”Holt was joined in the game by Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, who tweeted that he didn’t mind losing to a nuclear physicist and computer that famously defeated some of the TV game show’s top champs: “I seriously CANNOT believe that @rushholt beat @ibmwatson,” he wrote. Also playing: Reps. Bill Cassidy, Nan Hayworth and Jared Polis.
Now we just have to make sure Watson doesn’t send robots back in time to kill Holt’s mother before he’s born.