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by Jim Probasco.
What if you could take a picture of a used car you were considering
and get a full history on that car along with a suggested price you
What if you could sit in your home office and ask your computer to
suggest the most appropriate stocks to put in your portfolio, given
your current age, financial status, and goals - and get an answer
in less than a second?
Whether it's about medical advice, purchases, investments, or
almost any human endeavor that involves making decisions based on
vast amounts of data,
) thinks it has the answer in its Watson supercomputer.
Now the company wants to be able to offer the power of Watson to
companies, organizations, and yes, individuals.
More importantly, the revolution has already begun. IBM CEO, Ginni
Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women
conference October 16 discussed medical uses for Watson currently
Rometty said that right now IBM and the University of Texas MD
Anderson Cancer Center are in a partnership to find a cure for
leukemia using Watson's ability to assimilate vast amounts of data
and treat the information in a lightning fast, but human-like way.
According to Rometty, two new versions of Watson are in the
pipeline that will further enhance Watson's ability to help
humankind. Watson 2.0 will be able to scan pictures, including
X-rays and interpret them. Watson 3.0 will have the ability to
debate and reason.
While medical research continues and IBM's 3000 research PHDs work
on more advanced versions of Watson, others in the company are (and
have been) seeking ways to personalize the capability of cognitive
computing to assist with everyday decision making.
) now be looking over their collective (figurative) shoulders?
reported that IBM was getting close to shrinking Watson down to
smartphone size. IBM said it would start the move to smartphones by
collaborating with several companies, including ANZ Bank,
Royal Bank of Canada
(RY) to provide Web-based "
" customer service. IBM indicated this would happen in months.
Eventually, according to IBM spokeswoman,
, "A guy could say into his phone, 'Here's where I am and here's
what I see,' lifting it up to take in images of the environment."
Watson would take it from there.
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