Q&A on the News

Q: What state offices will be housed in the new building that will be built on the site of the Archives Building that was imploded last weekend?

—Susie Matthews, Duluth

A: It will be the site of a new judicial complex that will house the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Georgia Court of Appeals, Paul Melvin, spokesman for the Georgia Building Authority, told Q&A on the News. The complex also will include offices of supporting agencies, such as other court agencies and judicial functions, he said.

Q: When Watson, the computer, defeated the human contestants on “Jeopardy,” did he have an advantage being a machine in ringing in first? How many times did Watson ring in first?

—David Gluhm, Lilburn

A: Watson, the IBM computer that routed two "Jeopardy" stars in 2011, could press its buzzer in as little as 10 milliseconds, according to the New York Times. However, the artificial intelligence machine decided when to buzz based on how confident it was in its answer.

In one round, Watson buzzed in first on 24 out of 30 Double Jeopardy questions, the Times reported.

With a final total of $77,147, Watson more than tripled the total individual scores of both Ken Jennings, who once won 74 consecutive “Jeopardy” games, and Brad Rutter, who owns the “Jeopardy” record for most prize money won.

“Watson does have a big advantage in this regard, since it can knock out a microsecond-precise buzz every single time with little or no variation,” Jennings said in a live chat for the Washington Post.

Fast Copy News Service wrote this column; Will Robinson contributed. Do you have a question? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).