When Watson first debuted in 2007, it was laughed out of the room. It couldn’t understand the question and just shouted random, search enginey answers…like some “friends” of mine.
IBM went back to the drawing board and created the fastest natural language analytical computer processing system in the world. Watson has access to 200 million documents, in seconds. But most of all, Watson understands. Watson gets the question. Or in Jeopardy, it interprets the category, takes in the answer and figures out the question.
Tune in today (Feb 14 – 16) to watch Watson go up against Ken Jennings and some other Jeopardy champ whom I’m too lazy to Google his name.
Watson doesn’t look like your average computer. “He” resembles a server room with racks of servers in cages. He’s about 8 cages of computing awesomeness. Now if only they gave Watson the SNL Sean Connery voice, I will be most impressed with IBM.