Question: Watson. Answer: What Is a Computer That Will Have Great Impact?

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NEIL learns differently

If Watson really does have human-like intelligence, then it probably will be thankful for some company. And it will have it: The Never Ending Image Learner (NEIL) is a project at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh that looks at images on the Internet to develop what can best be described as common sense. It examines about a thousand images per minute, each minute of every day. In four months of operation, NEIL has identified 1,500 objects and learned to “understand” 2,500 concepts, according to Newsweek.

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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