Originally Posted by Strat79
If that is the case, then it would be less of an advantage, true. Hopefully they make it so that it presses the buzzer at the same average rate as most humans can. So that we can see a true intelligence battle, rather than how fast my servo can press this button compared to your finger/reaction speed.
But what if Ken Jennings had an unusually fast reaction time? Do we somehow handicap him too to "average human reaction time?"
Each contestant has their own advantages and disadvantages. In cases where it seems both the computer and Jennings knew the answer, the computer had the advantage of faster reaction time.
But yes if we eliminated the time component to Jeopardy! it would be interesting. But I think Watson will basically win out since it has like a bazillion pieces of information it can search through.
Also Jeopardy! does not test intelligence as a whole. It seems to me it only tests factual recall, mostly. Overall, we humans are way way WAY more intelligent than "Watson." After all, we are the ones who created him.