NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- IBM ( IBM) won a big battle Tuesday evening. Its Watson computer system, the glass-encased series of servers that so far seem to be excelling in an attempt to "understand" the verbal intricacies of the English language, handily beat its human competitors in a round of Double and Final Jeopardy!.In what almost seemed to be a fixed match due to the speed with which the computer buzzed into answers, Watson repeatedly bulldozed the two Jeopardy! champs and ended up capturing both Daily Doubles. The audience, made up of some of IBM's biggest corporate clients, according to Frank Balboni, IBM's global leader for business analytics and optimization, laughed at the odd dollar amounts Watson bet for the Daily Doubles -- $6,435 and $1,246.
Secondly, there are cities in the U.S. named Toronto, which the computer took into consideration. "So this is just one of those situations that's a snap for a reasonably knowledgeable human, but a true brain teaser for the machine," said the blog. In the end, it didn't matter: Watson had wagered only $947. He won with $35,734, compared to Brad Rutter's $10,400 and Ken Jennings' $4,800. The final installment of the man vs. machine Jeopardy challenge airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. IBM is holding a private screening of the episode in New York City, where company researchers will further expound on what Waston means for the future of computing. --Written by Maggie Overfelt in New York. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/maggieoverfelt. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.