What is TED? A category on tonight’s episode of Jeopardy!

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In January, Alex Trebek read the following Final Jeopardy! prompt: “This intellectual forum started in 1984, bringing together people from three different industries, hence its 3-letter name.” The answer, of course: What is TED? Tonight, Jeopardy! took its TED enthusiasm to the next level, with a full category about TED Talks. See if you can answer some of the questions below.


Answer: Bono


Answer: UCLA


Answer: Sheryl Sandberg


Answer: Autism


Answer: Oliver Sacks

Of course, we love Jeopardy! too. Last year, we posted a highly amusing TED Talk from Ken Jennings, filmed at TEDxSeattleU. Jennings is the trivia whiz with the longest winning streak in Jeopardy! history, winning 74 times in a row. He talks about his love of knowledge — and what it felt like to lose to the supercomputer Watson.

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Speaking of the epic Jennings-Watson showdown in 2011, we convened a panel of insiders to talk about the supercomputer and its man-vs.-machine victory. Below, watch this discussion between Watson’s principal investigator Dr. David Ferrucci, IBM Fellow Kerrie Holley, Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine author Stephen Baker, and Columbia professor Herbert Chase.

Want to test your TED knowledge further? Check out our TED Triva »