World Vision to benefit from IBM supercomputer's competition on Jeopardy! quiz show

Charity named IBM beneficiary in contest to air February 14, 15 and 16

TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - Leading relief, development and advocacy organization World Vision has been named one of IBM's two non-profit beneficiaries in the upcoming Jeopardy! contest between two of the quiz show's most celebrated champions --- Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings --- and IBM's "Watson" computing system.

It's the first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition and will consist of two matches being played over three consecutive days.

IBM will donate 100 per cent of its winnings to charity with World Vision to receive half and the US-based non-profit group World Community Grid receiving the other half.  The grand prize will be $ 1 million US, second place earning $300,000 US and third place $200,000 US.

World Vision has past links with Jeopardy! as Canadian-born game show host Alex Trebek first traveled with World Vision Canada in 2002 to Uganda. Since then he has been regularly involved with World Vision and is often seen on the organization's television shows. 

The contest airs February 14, 15 and 16 on CBS.  Check your local listings.

QUOTES

"It's an honour and a privilege to be a part of this exciting event in IBM's history.  IBM leads in the areas of technology and innovation and we hope we can together continue to make a tangible difference in lives of children all over the world. Go Watson!"

- Caroline Riseboro, Vice-President of Public Affairs, World Vision Canada 

BACKGROUND FACTS

  • "Watson" is a computing system that rivals a human's ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence.
  • The Jeopardy! format provides the ultimate challenge because the game's clues involve analyzing subtle meaning, irony, riddles, and other complexities in which humans excel and computers traditionally do not.
  • "Watson" was named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson and was built by a team of IBM scientists

World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information:

Julia Rim Shepard, 905-565-6200 x 2496, cell: 416-902-0716, Julia_RimShepard@WorldVision.ca


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