WATSON - 20s to 60s
MERRICK - 50s
ELIZA - 30s
On February 16, 2011, IBM’s natural-language-processing supercomputer, Watson (designed by a team of over twenty programmers and named after Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM), beat the two winningest champions in Jeopardy! history, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, on the third night of a televised Jeopardy! tournament.
On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell placed the first telephone call to his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, in a nearby room over roughly twenty feet of cable. The famous words of this first communication by wire (“Mr. Watson – come here – I want to see you!”) were remembered by Watson himself in an interview some 50 years later as “Mr. Watson – come here – I want you.”
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective who solved mysteries using his signature form of rational deductive analysis and the help of his friend and chronicler Dr. John H. Watson in London from 1887 to 1914. He was killed twice by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, once in 1891, by a fatal fall off a cliff into Reichenbach Falls, and again in 1930, by the death of the creator himself.