IBM says it will invest $1 billion in the computer system that won on Jeopardy! but has stumbled so far in the real world.

The following article appeared in MIT Technology Review, here

Facing Doubters, IBM Expands Plans for Watson

IBM says it will invest $1 billion in the computer system that won on Jeopardy! but has stumbled so far in the real world.

Watson

IBM’s computer system Watson vanquished human contests on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! The question now: can it defeat the complexities of the real world?

IBM thinks so. The company says it plans to greatly expand its efforts to commercialize Watson by putting another 1,500 engineers and marketers to work on the project. It will also combine Watson with other “cognitive computing” technologies and invest a further $1 billion into a business it says will define the future of how companies use data.

“We have learned enough about the benefit of the cognitive systems that we think it has much further to go in solving business problems,” says Rob High, vice president and chief technology officer of the newly expanded IBM unit, now being called Watson Group.

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