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More aid for shoppers

IB Times looks ahead to a couple of uses of Watson. Shoppers will be able to use Watson to search through the Web to find sales or other targeted information. For instance, the platform could send alerts to a mobile device if the user is a given distance from a store that offers a product at a desired price. The story also suggests that Watson could act as a news agent that finds and presents news precisely fitting the owner’s needs.

IBM’s Watson, which rose to fame by trouncing Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings (who set the record with 74 straight wins against human competition) is being put to more productive uses than game shows.

Watson, according to the company, is a cluster of 90 IBM Power 750 servers, each utilizing a 3.5 GHz POWER7 eight-core processor. The platform offers 16 Terabytes of RAM. Here are some ways that Watson is being used now and descriptions of how it will be used in the future.


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