Artificial Intelligence

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It’s worth taking a look at where IBM are up to with Watson:

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IBM Watson Group

On January 9, 2014 IBM announced it was creating a business unit around Watson, led by senior vice president Michael Rhodin. IBM Watson Group has headquarters in New York‘s Silicon Alley and employs 2,000 people. IBM has invested $1 billion to get the division going. Watson Group has developed three new cloud-delivered services: Watson Discovery Advisor, Watson Engagement Advisor, and Watson Explorer. Watson Discovery Advisor focuses on research and development projects in pharmaceutical industry, publishing and biotechnology, Watson Engagement Advisor focuses on self-service applications using insights on the basis of natural language questions posed by business users, and Watson Explorer focuses on helping enterprise users uncover and share data-driven insights based on federated search more easily. The company is also launching a $100 million venture fund to spur application development for “cognitive” applications. According to IBM, the cloud-delivered enterprise-ready Watson has seen its speed increase 24 times over—a 2,300 percent improvement in performance, and its physical size shrank by 90 percent—from the size of a master bedroom to three stacked pizza boxes. IBM CEO Virginia Rometty said she wants Watson to generate $10 billion in annual revenue within ten years.

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