This is something I've been pondering for a long time. We all saw what happened in February 2011 when IBM's Watson went up against Jeopardy! juggernauts Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter (who faced each other in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions and just recently in the Battle of the Decades, in which Brad won both) and won, in the battle of man vs. machine (similar to all the game show video games on the market, past and present; if you have 1 human player, the other 2 spots will be filled by AI players).
Now, I'm thinking that Wheel should try one of its own. They could do a replication of the April Fool's 1997 episode, with Alex and Lesly hosting, and Pat and Vanna playing; however, they will also make use of the third spot and fill it with an IBM supercomputer, in another game show battle of, you guessed it, man vs. machine.
Speaking of 1997, that was the year that another IBM supercomputer, Deep Blue, beat the reigning chess champion Garry Kasparov in yet another man vs. machine battle. So it goes to show that computers are usually smart.
Here's the dilemma..if they were to use a supercomputer, the problem is--how are they gonna spin the wheel telepathically? You need a human to do that. So I came up with the solution that Watson could be the AI player, and Dave Ferruci, who built him, could spin the Wheel, and then do the same thing in the Bonus Round, should Watson win.
I know what you guys are thinking: "John, there's no way IBM's gonna be approached for another game show challenge." Oh come on. If a supercomputer could beat a human at chess, or even trivia, how about a Hangman game with a big wheel and the importance of a Used Letter Board?