Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker was BusinessWeek’s senior technology writer for a decade, based first in Paris and later New York. He is the author of The Numerati and has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Over the past few days this February 2011, a computer called Watson, built and programmed by IBM researchers, has played the game of Jeopardy! against two of the contest’s best players.