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What's next for IBM's Watson?

2/17/2011 11:51 PM EST
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wilber_xbox
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wilber_xbox   2/18/2011 12:47:05 AM
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yesterday, i watched this achievement getting coverage on Jon Stewart's Daily show. I did not know before that what IBM's Watson was all about. It took IBM 6 years to develop this, i wonder how much money did they invest? And of course its services can (in principle) be applied in all the thinkable consultancy services.

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R_Colin_Johnson   2/18/2011 1:25:16 AM
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IBM spent 10s if not 100s of millions developing Watson, but they did it with much more foresight than their previous Deep Blue computer that beat chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov. By crafting it using standard servers and a plug-in database, IBM can now plug-in other domains and quickly get Watson-like applications running in commercial fields.

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nicolas.mokhoff   2/18/2011 1:00:48 PM
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The Toronto answer to U.S. cities question that stomped Watson stomped me too. Its turns out there are seven states with cities names Toronto, but Watson was "smart" enough to "understand" that the answer had a low-probability of being correct, thus was programmed to wager pocket change to stay ahead in the game. That in itself is monumental progress in human-like decision-making. Watson will do great at horse racing tracks, too.

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nicolas.mokhoff   2/18/2011 1:04:23 PM
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Take a look at "What is Toronto????" here: http://www-943.ibm.com/innovation/us/watson

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yalanand   2/18/2011 1:12:46 PM
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"Using a cluster of 50 Intel processors, Retrevo scans the product specifications, reviews, user reports, blog entries and other web-based information sources to answer user's questions about what products offer the" Wow this is simply amazing. I am sure this will help us solve many real-time complex problems. Kudos to IBM for contributing this machine to the mankind.

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selinz   2/18/2011 1:54:56 PM
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How about computer based trading... Oh, wait. Already been done... :-)

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Patk0317   2/18/2011 2:32:01 PM
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I was sitting next to an IBMer in an airline club yesterday. Overheard him tell a colleague that Watson is now going on tour, but didn't expect many challenges as people wouldn't want to look like idiots when they lost!

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goafrit   2/18/2011 4:07:59 PM
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Toronto is now a US city. Anyway, humans made it. I pity the two guys that decided to compete in that show. Too bad for them.

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nicolas.mokhoff   2/18/2011 4:09:23 PM
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People better get used to looking like idiots; they will lose more and more to computers. We "lost" to computers when we started pecking away on electronic qwerty keyboards substituting for most conversations. We also "lost" the art of storytelling when books made storytelling a science. But we gained an awful lot of new avenues of expression, as witnessed by conversations on websites. Now we need to filter most of them. Oh but wait, aren't we doing that at cocktail parties already?

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Charles.Desassure   2/18/2011 4:32:09 PM
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This is great for IBM. IBM has been out of the headlines for a few months and I am happy to see that they are back in the news...good job my dear Waston.

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