Watch this video to see a practice match of the game show Jeopardy with humans vs. the artificial intelligence of IBM’s Watson program.
“We decided that we needed to build a system that could extract knowledge at a much faster rate from enormous amounts of data than human beings or any other computer system could do,” said John E. Kelly, III, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research. A room-sized system of 90 servers pours through 200 million pages of content in less than three seconds to give Watson its computing power.
What makes Watson particularly valuable to IBM development is the advances made in deep analytics of huge data sets and what’s called natural language processing, basically interacting and communicating with a computer using ordinary speech, in this case English. The Wall Street Journal writes that the development of IBM’s Watson could help it stand out in the $27 billion dollar business analytics field.
In his years with EarthSky, Jorge Salazar conducted thousands of in-depth interviews with scientists. He knows a lot about as diverse as nanotechnology, ecosystem-based management, climate change, global health, international environmental treaties, astrophysics and cosmology, and environmental security. Jorge currently works as a Technical Writer/Editor for the Texas Advanced Computing Center, which designs and deploys powerful advanced computing technologies and innovative software solutions for scientific researchers.