IBM Watson: A System Designed for Answers

Watson, the IBM computing system that can understand natural language and deliver a single, precise answer to a Jeopardy! clue, is truly an example of a smarter system. Building Watson involved integrating custom algorithms, terabytes of storage and thousands of POWER7 computing cores into an optimized solution greater than the sum of its parts.

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32 Replies to “IBM Watson: A System Designed for Answers”

  1. @gadominas Basically what it is, but with Windows Live Mesh and Onlive and other "cloud" services, the word is becoming overused. Also, they want to make it sound smart for potential clients 😉 (aka. the government, who has lots of money to spend on complex systems like Watson, but have lots of use for Watson systems)

  2. Did anyone else's computer freeze and the phrase "Destroy all humans" appear on the screen when you watched this…hmm…weird.

  3. @frozenphil Random janitor unplugs watson to clean the floor under the wires. Watson goes offline and humanity wins! High IBM figures come out boasting about how they defeated a computer millions of times more intelligent than the accumulative intellect of the human race and the janitor gets a 2 dollar raise.

  4. @Dalsir1 do you mean "It's a Germanic language with a mixture of Hebrew vocabulary" Because that would be Yiddish … there's no question at 2:26

  5. The Trivia episode of Aqua Teen comes to mind, for anyone who's seen it.
    Shake: *Mumbles answer sleepily*
    Frylock: "How do you spell that?"
    Shake: "L-E-S-B-I-A-N."
    Frylock: *Writes* L-E-S-B — "Shut up, you're spelling lesbian!"

  6. ワトソン君はアメリカ一国の為に証券 為替等に数値 指標計算してはいけない。

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