Big Data Downsize: Improving Watson

It took four years for IBM researchers to build the Watson system that became a Jeopardy champion. In the two years since its television debut, IBM has been putting Watson to work on health care projects, including a cancer treatment program being developed with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a program to speed up the medical treatment approvals with insurer WellPoint.

IBM said Watson’s ability to learn and interpret massive amounts of new material is now nearly 250 percent faster than the system that won Jeopardy, while using much less server capacity to do a lot more.

Just how smart could Watson become? Could it ever become controlling, like the Hal 9000 the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Watch the video for a behind the scenes tour of the cognitive computer’s hardware brain from IBM’s Manoj Saxena at the New York lab where Watson was born.

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