All-Time Jeopardy! Champion
Ken Jennings was born in 1974 just outside Seattle, Washington, but grew up overseas. His family spent 15 years in Korea and Singapore, where his father worked as an attorney. His only lifeline to American pop culture during those years was TV on the Armed Forces Network, where he watched Jeopardy! religiously after school every afternoon. Read More >
TedTalk : Ken Jennings: Watson, Jeopardy and me, the obsolete know-it-all
Knowledge Is What Connects People
In April 2013, in the wake of Russia's annexation of the Crimea, a Washington Post poll found that only 1 in 6 Americans could find the Ukraine on a map, and the average guess was wrong by more than 1,800 miles. America's oft-reported struggle with geography is really a symptom of a wider problem: "ingraphicacy," a deep discomfort with spatial tasks and diagrams of all kinds. Maps have been behind some of the greatest achievements in human history, from Columbus' voyage to the birth of epidemiology to the Apollo moon landing. They are beautiful, elegant solutions to an age-old problem: how do we visualize the parts of our world we can't see right now? Is it too late for maps? In this keynote presentation, author Ken Jennings takes us inside the past, present and future of maps, illuminating what they can teach us about our world and ourselves.
"Don't cross your eyes or they'll stay like that!"
"Don't touch your Halloween candy until we get it checked out!"
"Never run with scissors." Read More >
Is any of it true? If so, how true? In this presentation based on his latest book Because I Said So: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, speaker Ken Jennings wants to find out if mother and father always know best. Yes, all those years you were told not to sit too close to the television (you'll hurt your eyes!) or swallow your gum (it stays in your stomach for seven years!) or crack your knuckles (arthritis!) are called into question by America's leading trivia guru.
Armed with medical case histories, scientific findings, and even the occasional experiment on himself (or his kids), Jennings exposes countless examples of parental wisdom run amok. Whether you're a parent who wants to know what you can stop worrying about or a kid (of any age) looking to say "I told you so," this is the anti-helicopter parenting guide you've been waiting for. Read Less ^
In 2011, when IBM developed a supercomputer that could defeat top human players at the quiz show Jeopardy!, computer programmer and quiz show champ Ken Jennings became the first person ever to lose his job to one of these new “thinking” machines. But he won’t be the last. Jennings uses his experiences battling IBM’s “Watson” as a way to explore the changes in tomorrow’s business climate that Watson will introduce: computers that can diagnose disease, provide customer support, perform business analytics... and dominate TV quiz shows, of course.
Speaker Ken Jennings, a former computer programmer, best-selling author, and 74-game Jeopardy! champion, was hauled out of quiz show retirement in 2011 to represent the human race against “Watson,” a super-intelligent supercomputer designed by IBM for one purpose alone: to beat the world’s best players at Jeopardy! Jennings’ behind-the-scenes look at that epic match poses important questions for anyone interested in—or, thanks to Hollywood, terrified by—the idea of machines that can reason and learn. Why is “Watson” such a technological milestone? Does it really “think” in the same way that a human does? What does its remarkable ability tell us about the future of artificial intelligence, and of human intelligence?
"Ken Jennings was wonderful as the opening keynote speaker for our conference! His presentation was entertaining and his message about the value of being inquisitive was an important one for our audience. Ken was engaging to listen to, especially with his natural way of talking and telling stories and his presentation was a good reminder that we should continue to feed our curiosity."
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