IBM Wants To Put A Supercomputer in Your Pocket: Enter Watson, the App

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IBM's Watson supercomputing platform gets around. Its most famous appearance was on Jeopardy, where it trounced the two greatest Jeopardy players of all time by correctly (most of the time) answering questions about history and a number of other subjects. Watson wasn't designed for game shows, however, and has gone on to do number crunching chores for Citigroup and assist WellGroup with providing doctors with treatment options based on mountains of data. The next version of Watson could end up on your smartphone.

"The power it takes to make Watson work is dropping down like a stone," Bernie Meyerson, IBM's vice president of innovation, told Bloomberg in an interview. "One day, you will have ready access to an incredible engine with a world knowledge base."

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Watson 2.0, as it's being called, would have voice and image recognition built-in, allowing a mobile app to respond to user input. Katherine Frase, vice president of industry research at IBM in Armonk, New York, suggested a scenario where a person could speak to the app and say, "Here's where I am and here's what I see," then lifting up the smartphone.

It would be like Siri, only much better and able to answer more complex questions. Siri is sometimes easily stumped, and Watson, in theory, wouldn't be.
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Erakith replied on Wed, Aug 29 2012 11:20 AM

did they name it this just so that people can say "It's elementary, my dear Watson" ? So good.

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watson would be a super cool app on a mobile phone the question is will it come with the phone when you buy a new one or will you have to purchase it on the app market ? now the biggest question is how much for a virtual mcgyver?

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JOMA replied on Wed, Aug 29 2012 5:13 PM
Seems like you would need one hell of a phone to use an engine that powerful, not sure how well it's going to scale from supercomputer to cell phone.
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realneil replied on Wed, Aug 29 2012 6:43 PM

JOMA:
Seems like you would need one hell of a phone to use an engine that powerful,

The iPhone 12 will do it,...........Smile

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JDiaz replied on Wed, Aug 29 2012 10:28 PM

No, IBM's Watson was named after Thomas J. Watson (IBM's first president).

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Sep 1 2012 4:43 PM

>> "Watson 2.0, as it's being called, would have voice and image recognition built-in, allowing a mobile app to respond to user input."

Today it was announced that the Watson service went down for several hours. Apparently, the cause was some jerk named "3vi1" that asked "Watson: What is Pi to the last digit?"

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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That ~was~ pretty 3vi1,.....................

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