Rep. Holt joined four other members of Congress for an exhibition Jeopardy! match with IBM's Watson computing system. At the end of his round against Watson, Holt earned $8,600 to Watson's $6,200, according to a statement released by Holt.
"I was proud to hold my own with Watson," Holt said.
Holt was five-time Jeopardy! winner from 35 years ago.
The seven-term Democrat is a physicist and was the Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University, before he was elected to Congress in 1998.
The non-televised exhibition was staged to help demonstrate the importance of IT to global competitiveness and to promote math and science education.
"The technology behind Watson represents a major advancement in computing," said Christopher Padilla, Vice President, IBM Governmental Programs.
Rep. Holt built up a lead in the categories of “Presidential Rhyme Time” (example of a clue: Herbert’s military strategy; answer: What is Hoover’s Maneuvers) and “Also a Laundry Detergent” (example of a clue: 3-letter nickname for the Beatles; answer: What is Fab). In the category of “Phobias” he correctly identified what Hippophobia is the fear of (horses).
"While it was fun to out-do Watson for one night in trivia; it is vital that, as a nation, we out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world for generations to come," said Holt.