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A gigantic computer created by IBM specifically to excel at answers-and-questions left two champs of the TV game show “Jeopardy!” in its silicon dust after a three-day tournament, a feat that experts call a technological breakthrough in artificial intelligence.

Now, the machine—called Watson—will be tested in two university medical centers to help doctors sift through large amounts of data quickly.

Watson earned $77,147, versus $24,000 for Ken Jennings and $21,600...

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