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Watson is an artificially intelligent computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, developed in IBM’s DeepQA project by a research team led by principal investigator David Ferrucci. Watson was named after IBM’s first CEO and industrialist Thomas J. Watson.
This month IBM has announced that the project known as ‘Watson’ will soon play a big part in all parts of industry, medicine and research. In the San Francisco area the company is helping other companies start new project based on IBM research into artificial intelligence. They say it maybe two years a new kind of software will become a Billion dollar industry
For a full story about the company’s expectations, go to the link below:
Watson is a computer system that uses artificial intelligence to answer questions posed in what computer scientists call “natural language,” i.e. plain English (or whatever language is being used) rather than programming them.