Happy Valentine's Day! Nothing says I love you like 30 minutes of your undivided attention on Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and Alex Trebek.
There are however secondary reasons to watch IBM's Watson take on the two all-time winningest Jeopardy champs in this week's 3-day tournament. Will the outcome portend who the ultimate victor in the greater struggle for superiority between Man and Machine will be? Well, given that my net lifetime contribution to humanity is roughly equivalent to that of a paper clip dispenser (but a pretty large one, and the kind with the magnetic rim), I'm pretty sure Machine has long ago won that battle. One instead watches this contest for much the same reasons one watches a Harlem Globetrotters game: it entertains while unfolding towards its foregone conclusion.
Time to cuddle up with your sweetheart* and watch us humans take their next beat-down.
*I'm off to find my life-size cardboard cutout of Nancy Zerg!