In front of a large studio audience, human Brad Rutter tied an IBM Computer named "Watson" at a game of Jeopardy on the first day of their battle over who or which is the smarter.
"Watson", the IBM Computer, even got a question right about the Beatles although all that was quoted was a line from "Hey Jude".
However, Rutter was almost machine-like in his responses to the categories also, which had been selected at random.
Today, Day 2 may give a better indication as both contestants appeared more than a little nervous before the event began.
In response to being asked if they were ready, the Computer stated that it hadn't counted on being able to see the audience. "I thought the lights would help."
The event was scheduled after someone had joked in the lab about chess champion, Russian Garry Kasparov, losing to a computer named 'Deep Blue" in 1997, before the cherry bomb incident. (To this day Kasparov states that he had nothing to do with it even though a slowed video revealed the red ball in his handkerchief when he wiped the sweat from his forehead.)
The only mishap during the live telecast was when "Watson" identified Sarah Palin as "a nice piece of fluff" followed by a large fart which was supposed to be programmed for laughter.