You may have seen IBM’s Watson challenge (and defeat!) two all-time human Jeopardy champions. Chris Bunch has won the Challenge shown below. Chris answered all questions correctly. I had in mind "X10" as the answer to number 8 because the Chinese symbol for ten is like a plus sign. However, Chris's answer of "X++" is also clearly correct. Correct responses and the rationale are shown below.
Category: X10 innovation award winners around the world.
1. Answer: This innovation award winner has a gemstone translation project.
Question: Who is Koichi Sasada? (Working on Scripting on X10 - Ruby Script to X10 Program Translator).
2. Answer: The university of this Innovation Award winner has a banana slug as a mascot.
Question: Who is Cormac Flanagan at the University of California Santa Cruz. Their mascot is a Banana Slug...("No Known Predators!")
3. Answer: This European Innovation Award winner is moving undergraduate courses to X10.
Question: Who is Claudia Fohry? (University of Kassel in Germany; project title is: Migrating Undergraduate Parallel Computing Courses to X10).
4. Answer: This Innovation Award winner is working on MapReduce.
Question: Who is Yu Wang? (Tsinghua University, China whose project is titled: MapReduce Framework on Heterogeneous Network).
5. Answer: The work of this Innovation Award winner allows programmers to use Java frameworks.
Question: Who is Eli Tilevich? (He is at Virginia Tech and his project is titled: Automatic Adaptation of Java Frameworks to X10 to Improve Programmer Productivity).
6. Answer: These two Innovation Award winners are at a university which awarded a Ph.D. degree in mathematics (non-honarary) to an American football quarterback who played for the Cleveland Browns in the 1960’s.
Question: Who are Vivek Sarkar and Robert Cartwright? (They are at Rice University. Frank Ryan received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Rice and played a very successful quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. The Innovation Award Project is titled: A First Programming Course in X10.)
Category: Play with Numbers, Words and Symbols.
7.Answer: The cost in US dollars of an X10 license times e times pi times Avagadro’s Number.
Question: What is zero? The answer is zero because the cost of the license is zero.
8. Answer: This computer language could be expressed, in some way, as MULTIPLY concatenated with ADD.
Question: What is X10? As mentioned, the Chinese symbol for ten is very much like a plus sign. Although clearly X++ is also a correct response.
9. Answer: This X10 construct can be found in a place to transform eggs to chicks, a portable firestarter, and the main source of calories in beef.
Question: What is AT? (hATchery, mATch, fAT respectively.)
10. Answer: This X10 construct is intended to introduce a discipline to prevent deadlocks and race conditions.
Question: What is CLOCK?
11. Answer: In this hexadecimal year, an IBM computer beat world chess champion Kasparov.
Question: What is or when is 7CD?
12. Answer: This Innovation Award winner may make you think of an open German penny.
Question: Who is Frank Pfenning? (Professor Pfenning's project at CMU is titled: Embracing the Parallelism Forward Linear Logic Programming. "Frank" means "open" and "Pfennig" in German is "penny" in English.