Latest Thomas Watson Stories

2011-05-22 07:00:00

A doctor is now helping IBM's Watson computer system to learn to work as a medical tool. The computer is best known for defeating the world's best "Jeopardy!" opponents on TV earlier this year.  IBM said Watson has the ability to understand plain language, can digest questions about a person's symptoms and medical history, as well as quickly suggest diagnoses and treatments. IBM said Watson is still a couple years away from taking on the medical field. The company said it envisions...

2011-02-17 11:20:00

Displaying only a few glitches, IBM's computer named 'Watson' easily beat two human competitors on the popular US quiz show Jeopardy!. During the three-day showdown that ended on Wednesday, Watson became a high profile exercise in advanced science and computing, Reuters reports. The supercomputer, named after former International Business Machines Corp. president Thomas Watson, showed off its encyclopedic knowledge of topics ranging from ancient languages to fashion design. "Vedic, dating...

2011-02-12 06:45:00

Almost 15 years after a machine developed by IBM defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov, the US computer giant is unveiling another that will challenge mankind once again, this time on the trivia front. Watson, a supercomputer named after IBM founder Thomas Watson, will take on two of Jeopardy's all-time biggest winners, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, for a three-night showdown on the long-running trivia game show beginning Monday evening, February 14. Like Kasparov, who lost a...

2009-04-28 10:52:46

Can man be outsmarted by machine in a game of Jeopardy? IBM says it intends to find out. The computer firm on Monday announced that its scientists have been working for almost two years on a computing system known as "Watson" "“ named for IBM founder Thomas Watson. Watson is being designed as a question-answering machine that aims to take on humans in a TV episode of the game show Jeopardy. "The aim is to get Watson to think and interact in human terms," IBM's Dr David Ferrucci told BBC...

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