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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 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

IBM Watson Group Launch Event Jan. 9 in New York

IBM's Watson is a deep analytics and natural language processing computer that has tackled the issue of processing and recognizing ambiguous words, allowing it to compete on Jeopardy!

Experts discuss how Watson's natural language search capabilities can benefit real world and real business solutions.

Watson - A System Designed for Answers

IBM created artificial intelligence with Watson by using natural language understanding, therefore enhancing its innovative question answering ability.

In three videos IBM's Ian Jarman explains the significance of a system called Watson. Ian is a leader in the Power Systems community and a frequent speaker at events and user groups around the world. He worked closely with the team of IBM Research scientists that developed Watson.

With companies increasingly capturing critical business information in unstructured natural language documentation, there is growing interest in workload optimised systems that deeply analyse natural language content, answering questions with precision.  Advances in question answering technology will increasingly help support professionals in critical and timely decision making in areas such as health care, business intelligence, knowledge discovery, enterprise knowledge management, and customer support.

With the advancement of the science of question answer technology in mind, IBM created 'Watson', an optimised system based on IBM DeepQA analytics technology running on a cluster of commercially available IBM POWER7 processor-based servers. 

Watson successfully competed on Jeopardy! in February 2011, performing at the level of human experts in terms of precision, confidence and speed against two of the best-known and most successful Jeopardy! Champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. The challenge was rerun last week on TV in North America.

Watson - A System Designed for Answers

Watson Jeopardy! Challenge - A UK Perspective

To access IBM's White Paper, on 'Watson – A System Designed for Answers - The future of workload optimized systems design', please click here

Press releases
Date Title
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
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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john.galvez@uk.ibm.com