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Ken Jennings            

All-Time "Jeopardy!" Champion

Having 70 game-winning streak on the show, Jennings has become known as the master Jeopardy! player for his amazing memory, unparalleled buzzer technique, and the fact that he has won a record $2.52 million in winnings on the show.

A Seattle native who grew up in South Korea, Jennings watched Jeopardy! regularly on the US Armed Forces TV network, convinced that he could one day be a contestant. Now, with a winning streak that has made him a celebrity, this game show sensation has received much media coverage, having appeared on The Late Show to present Letterman's "Top 10 List" and, during his run, increased Jeopardy! ratings by 62 percent.

Formerly a member of Brigham Young University's College Bowl team in the 1990s, Jennings now writes and edits literature questions for the National Academic Quiz Tournament. Also an avid comic book and movie buff, Jennings's day job is as a software engineer at CHG, a healthcare placement firm.

Since his Jeopardy! streak ended, Ken has become a bestselling author. His books include Brainiac, about the phenomenon of trivia in American culture, Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac, the biggest American trivia book ever assembled, Maphead, about his lifelong love of geography, and Because I Said So!, debunking parenting cliches. For children, he writes a series of Junior Genius Guides full of fun projects and amazing facts.

Ken hosted Stump the Master and Clued In for GSN Live and has appeared in ads for FedEx, Microsoft, Allstate, Cingular, IBM and H&R Block. He speaks about the importance of learning at college campuses and corporate events, and writes about all things trivial for a wide range of print and online publications. He has returned to quiz shows several times since his Jeopardy! streak, racking up three second-place finishes in Jeopardy! tournaments (once bested by the IBM supercomputer Watson). His lifetime Jeopardy!-related winnings total $3,522,700. He won GSN's Grand Slam tournament, which featured 16 ex-quiz show champs, and a half-million dollar prize on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Speech Topics


The Human Brain in Jeopardy: Computers That "Think"

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.

Elementary, My Dear Watson: Playing Jeopardy! Against the World's Smartest Machine

Ken Jennings, a former computer programmer, best-selling author, and 74-game Jeopardy! champ, 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?

Who is... Ken Jennings?

Nothing is Trivial

Can You Put A Price On Knowledge?

The Rewards Of Curiosity

Words of Wisdom from the Quiz Master

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

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.

Because I Said So: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales & Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids

"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."

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.

The Human Brain in Jeopardy: Computers That "Think"

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.

News


Jeopardy's Ken Jennings Is Headed To A New Game Show

The entire concept of the game show genre is to give average people the opportunity to win obscene sums of money or make fools of themselves in the process. However, Jeopardy struck gold in 2004 with the insane winning streak of trivia champion Ken Jennings. He made television history with his unprecedented number of Jeopardy wins, and now he’s headed back to TV in an attempt to do the same on another game show.

Ken Jennings: Greatest 'Jeopardy!' champ tells all

Alex Trebek's voice is anything but soothing for 74-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings. "I can't watch it the way I used to. I hear the music or I hear Alex's voice and I get very tense like I'm right back there on the set," he says. "I feel the adrenaline spike. So I've got post traumatic game show disorder."

'Jeopardy': James Holzhauer is impressing Ken Jennings

"This is something I would have thought was just impossible..." "Jeopardy!" icon Ken Jennings said of champ James Holzhauer.

'Jeopardy!' Legend Ken Jennings on James Holzhauer: 'It's ...

Ken Jennings: First of all, I'm just gobsmacked by James. It's absolutely insane what he's doing. Like, I thought I had seen everything on Jeopardy!. And this is ...

Opinion | Ken Jennings: What Alex Trebek Is Really Like - The New ...

It was about a month into my 2004 run on “Jeopardy!” that Alex Trebek made me laugh out loud. “And now we come to our returning champion, Ken Jennings,” ...

Ken Jennings Pays Tribute to Alex Trebek: 'Our Generation's Cronkite'

“Jeopardy!” super contestant Ken Jennings penned an emotional tribune to longtime host Alex Trebek on Saturday, calling him his generation's Walter Cronkite ...

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