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Show Watson the money

Finance is another area where Watson’s skills come in handy. IBM says that it is partnering with financial institutions to help Watson learn the business of retail and institutional banking. It is sort of an e-apprenticeship. Watson will excel, the company says, in investment choices, discerning trading patterns and in risk management applications. It is “being designed as the ultimate financial services assistant, capable of performing deep content analysis and evidence-based reasoning to accelerate and improve decisions, reduce operational costs, and optimize outcomes,” according to IBM.

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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