4 years ago, we watched as Jeopardy! gave us the IBM Challenge. 4 years prior, Dave Ferrucci and his team of IBM engineers were working on a new sophisticated computer system named "Watson", about 10 years after they saw "Deep Blue" beat the reigning chess champion Garry Kasparov.
We watched as Watson bested Jeopardy! juggernauts Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter to take a million dollar jackpot. Ken got $300,000 and Brad got $200,000.
This proved that computers can be smarter than humans.
Here's the thing: When we fans play our game show video games against the "Watsons" (I'll use that term for AI game show players from now on, since Watson is our first and only AI game show contestant), how are we able to best the "Watsons" there, yet Watson himself could best Ken and Brad?
What's the difference from the IBM Challenge, and our challenges against the video game "Watsons"? How are we able to beat the "Watsons" at their own game, yet humans like Brad and Ken couldn't beat the real Watson at his own game?