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Watson The historic Watson Jeopardy! match was the culmination of an intensive four-year research effort by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge – a system that rivals a human's ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence.

 

 

 

Using advances in natural language processing and analytics, the Watson technology can process information in a similar way that people think.  It represents a significant shift in system architecture and the ability for organizations to quickly analyze, understand and respond to a vast sea of Big Data.

Today IBM is on a new quest, turning the breakthrough Watson computing system into a commercial offering that is helping to transform industries from health care, to retail, telecommunications and financial services. 

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To view the Infographic - One Year Later, Watson by the numbers, click here

To read the Smarter Planet blog post on "Business Analytics: It's More Than a Career; It's a Passion for Making the World Better," click here

The Future of Cognitive Computing

 

IBM Watson Group Launch Event Jan. 9 in New York

 

For other videos on Watson visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCEWTHArjyqBPxI9Bof_6VXGcetzMyqkJ

To view the IBM Watson Microsite: http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/

Press releases
Date Title
16 Sep 2014 IBM Introduces Powerful Analytics for Everyone
08 Sep 2014 Mayo Clinic and IBM Task Watson to Improve Clinical Trial Research
28 Aug 2014 IBM Watson Ushers in a New Era of Data-Driven Discoveries
23 Jul 2014 USAA and IBM Join Forces to Serve Military Members
30 Jun 2014 IBM Watson and Bon Appétit Team on New App That Transforms How We Cook
11 Jun 2014 IBM Watson and Genesys Partner to Power Smarter Customer Experiences
03 Jun 2014 IBM Announces Watson Mobile Developer Challenge Winners
16 May 2014 IBM Reveals New Companies Developing Watson-Powered Apps
12 May 2014 IBM Unveils Software Defined Storage Technology for Era of Big Data
07 May 2014 Seven of the Nation’s Leading Technology Institutions Unveil Cognitive Computing Courses Leveraging IBM Watson
22 Apr 2014 IBM Watson Group Invests in Fluid to Transform the Consumer Shopping Experience
19 Mar 2014 The New York Genome Center and IBM Watson Group Announce Collaboration to Advance Genomic Medicine
26 Feb 2014 IBM Challenges Mobile Developers to Bring the Power of Watson to the Palm of Your Hand
09 Jan 2014 IBM Forms New Watson Group to Meet Growing Demand for Cognitive Innovations
09 Jan 2014 IBM Watson Group Unveils Cloud-Delivered Watson Services to Transform Industrial R&D, Visualize Big Data Insights and Fuel Analytics Exploration
09 Jan 2014 DBS Bank Engages IBM’s Watson to Achieve Next Generation Client Experience
14 Nov 2013 IBM Watson’s Next Venture: Fueling New Era of Cognitive Apps Built in the Cloud by Developers
18 Oct 2013 MD Anderson Taps IBM Watson to Power "Moon Shots" Mission Aimed at Ending Cancer, Starting with Leukemia
15 Oct 2013 IBM Research Unveils Two New Watson Related Projects from Cleveland Clinic Collaboration
21 May 2013 IBM Watson At Your Service: New Watson Breakthrough Transforms How Brands Engage Today's Connected Consumers
08 Feb 2013 IBM Watson Hard At Work: New Breakthroughs Transform Quality Care for Patients
30 Oct 2012 Cleveland Clinic and IBM Work to Advance Watson’s Use in the Medical Training Field
22 Mar 2012 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, IBM to Collaborate in Applying Watson Technology to Help Oncologists
05 Mar 2012 Citi and IBM Enter Exploratory Agreement on Use of Watson Technologies
01 Mar 2012 IBM Forms Watson Healthcare Advisory Board
18 Nov 2011 Jeopardy! Winnings Spur IBM and Scripps Research Institute Collaboration to Fight Against Malaria
31 Oct 2011 IBM Watson Heads to Harvard, MIT to Explore Future of Technology in Business
12 Sep 2011 WellPoint and IBM Announce Agreement to Put Watson to Work in Health Care
29 Aug 2011 IBM and Jeopardy! Relive History with Encore Presentation of Jeopardy!: The IBM Challenge
30 Mar 2011 IBM Watson Goes to School to Engage Next Generation of Innovators
18 Feb 2011 In Watson's Wake, IBM World Community Grid Registration Skyrockets 700%
17 Feb 2011 IBM to Collaborate with Nuance to Apply IBM’s "Watson" Analytics Technology to Healthcare
13 Jan 2011 Jeopardy! And IBM Announce Charities To Benefit From Watson Competition
14 Dec 2010 IBM’s “Watson” Computing System to Challenge All Time Greatest Jeopardy! Champions

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  • IBM and Jeopardy! Relive History with Encore Presentation of Jeopardy!: The IBM Challenge

    IBM and Jeopardy! Relive History with Encore Presentation of Jeopardy!: The IBM Challenge

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    IBM's Watson computer system, powered by IBM POWER7, competes against Jeopardy!'s two most successful and celebrated contestants -- Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Jeopardy! will broadcast an encore presentation of the first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition airing on September 12, 13 and 14, 2011.

  • Congressional Members Vs. Watson

    Congressional Members Vs. Watson

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    Dr. Eric Brown from IBM Research preps four members of congress - Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Rush Holt (D-N.J.) - for an exhibition game against IBM's Watson on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. The match fostered a conversation among government leaders about the importance of IT to U.S. global competitiveness and encouraged greater focus on math and science education. Final score: Watson $40,300, Congressional Members $30,000. (Feature Photo Service)

  • University of Texas at Austin Scientists Collaborate With IBM Researchers

    University of Texas at Austin Scientists Collaborate With IBM Researchers

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    Ken Barker (on left), research scientist, Department of Computer Science and Bruce Porter, professor and department chairman, Department of Computer Science, and a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin are collaborating with IBM Researchers to advance the Question Answering (QA) technology behind the "Watson" computing system, which will compete against humans on the quiz show, Jeopardy!, airing February 14-16.

  • Carnegie Mellon University Researchers Collaborate With IBM Researchers

    Carnegie Mellon University Researchers Collaborate With IBM Researchers

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, led by Eric Nyberg, professor, Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, are collaborating with IBM researchers to develop the Question Answering (QA) technology that enables the "Watson" computing system, which will compete against humans on the quiz show, Jeopardy!, airing February 14-16.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Researchers Collaborate With IBM Researchers

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology Researchers Collaborate With IBM Researchers

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    A team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led by Boris Katz, principal research scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, is working with IBM Researchers on the development of the Question Answering (QA) technology behind the "Watson" computing system, which will compete against humans on the quiz show, Jeopardy!, airing February 14-16.

  • Jeoparty! Host, Alex Trebek, leads a Q&A session at a News Conference

    Jeoparty! Host, Alex Trebek, leads a Q&A session at a News Conference

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    Jeopardy! Host, Alex Trebek (standing), leads a Q&A session for reporters during a press conference at IBM's Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY on January 13, 2011. Seated (from left): Harry Friedman, Executive Producer, Jeopardy!; Brad Rutter, Jeopardy! record holder for the highest cumulative amount ever by a single player, earning $3,255,102; Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! record holder for the most consecutive games played - winning 74 games in a row during the 2004-2005 season - netting more than $2.5 million; David Ferrucci, Principal Investigator of Watson DeepQA technology, IBM Research; and John E. Kelly III, IBM Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research.

  • IBM's John Kelly Introduces the Watson Computer System at a News Conference

    IBM's John Kelly Introduces the Watson Computer System at a News Conference

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    John E. Kelly III, IBM Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research introduces IBM's Watson computer system to the media during a press conference at IBM's Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY on January 13, 2011. Watson competed against Jeopardy!'s two most successful and celebrated contestants -- Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter -- in the first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition, which aired on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days. Jeopardy! will broadcast an encore presentation of the Jeopardy!: The IBM Challenge on September 12, 13 and 14, 2011.

  • IBM Watson

    IBM Watson

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    Watson, powered by IBM POWER7, is a work-load optimized system that can answer questions posed in natural language over a nearly unlimited range of knowledge.

  • Ken Jennings (l.) and Brad Rutter

    Ken Jennings (l.) and Brad Rutter

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    IBM and Jeopardy! today announced that an IBM computing system named “Watson” will compete on Jeopardy! against the show’s two most successful and celebrated contestants -- Ken Jennings (l.) and Brad Rutter. The first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days.

  • Dave Ferrucci

    Dave Ferrucci

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    Dave Ferrucci, IBM Chief Scientist of IBM's Watson Computing System. The company today announced that the Watson system will compete on Jeopardy! against the show’s two most successful and celebrated contestants -- Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. The first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days.

  • IBM Watson Computing System

    IBM Watson Computing System

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    IBM's Watson computing system is made up of electronically generated graphic compositions in which computer algorithms define the shape, texture and motion.The visual identity provides a peak at what a computer goes through as it responds to a Jeopardy! clue. Watson’s on-stage persona shares the graphic structure and tonality of the IBM Smarter Planet logo, a symbol of the company's effort to make the world work better.

  • Watson - Question Answering Computing System

    Watson - Question Answering Computing System

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    For nearly two years IBM scientists have been working on a highly advanced Question Answering (QA) computing system, codenamed "Watson" -- aimed to compete in a human vs. machine contest on Jeopardy! - America’s favorite quiz show. Pictured: Dave Ferrucci, IBM scientist and Watson project director


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