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IBM’s Watson makes US Open debut

September 2nd at 9:00 PM

IBM’s Watson makes US Open debut

IBM’s Watson computing platform is holding court — cognitive court that is, in the platform’s U.S. Open tennis debut this year.

It’s the centerpiece for IBM’s first fan-facing activation in at least a decade; but Watson, well known for beating human champions in chess and on Jeopardy, is not only serving up cognitive insights for fans, it’s helping the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) run the major tournament in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

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IBM Watson AI Robot Hilton Hotels

Watson-powered robot mans concierge position at Hilton Hotel

March 11th at 5:30 PM

Watson-powered robot mans concierge position at Hilton Hotel

Remember Watson? It’s the artificially intelligent computer from IBM that can beat Jeopardy champions and is used in cancer-related research. Well, it turns out the computer is smart enough to also man the concierge station at a Hilton Hotels, where a tiny robot will give guests directions and make recommendations to improve their stays. More →

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IBM Watson Trend App Black Friday

IBM has developed the ultimate Black Friday shopping assistant

November 18th at 4:48 PM

IBM has developed the ultimate Black Friday shopping assistant

Over the past few weeks, you’ve been inundated with news about Thanksgiving, Christmas and Black Friday sales events. It can be overwhelming, but thanks to IBM’s new Watson Trend app, you can begin planning your shopping excursions based on which items you need to pick up first, before anything on your list sells out. More →

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IBM Watson DNA Cancer Treatment

The computer that beat Jeopardy! champions will now help treat cancer

May 7th at 11:35 AM

The computer that beat Jeopardy! champions will now help treat cancer

It’s becoming increasingly clear that by looking at a patient’s DNA data with help of modern computers, physicians will be able to better adapt treatments for all sorts of complex diseases. A new Reuters report reveals that cancer treatments might soon see huge improvements with help of one such computer, IBM’s Watson, which is a machine you might already be familiar with.

Watson beat two Jeopardy! champions in 2011. Now, 14 cancer institutes from the U.S. and Canada will use the supercomputer in an effort to create personalized cancer treatments derived from DNA analyses. More →

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IBM Watson Revenue

The smartest computer in the world has been a huge disappointment

January 8th at 12:56 PM

The smartest computer in the world has been a huge disappointment

IBM’s famous Watson supercomputer might be able to pummel the competition at Jeopardy, but the intelligent computer isn’t exactly a champion when it comes to generating revenue. In a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, the paper says that IBM CEO Virginia Rometty projected on a conference call this past October that Watson will generate $1 billion in revenue annually by 2018, and $10 billion in total sales over the next 10 years. On the same call, however, Rometty said that Watson’s cumulative revenue as of October 2013 was just $100 million despite the fact that the company has spent the past three years trying to turn Watson into a moneymaker. WSJ says that IBM remains confident that Waston will become one of its most important innovations ever, though, and current use cases include using Watson to power customer service systems and as the brains for various cloud-based apps and services.

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IBM Watson Developer API

IBM’s Watson will soon do much more than beat people in Jeopardy

November 14th at 7:30 PM

IBM’s Watson will soon do much more than beat people in Jeopardy

The days of IBM’s Watson supercomputer being satisfied with being a Jeopardy champion are over. IBM announced on Thursday that it is creating a cloud-based open platform for Watson that it hopes will “enable a worldwide community of software application providers to build a new generation of apps infused with Watson’s cognitive computing intelligence.” Among the many apps that IBM’s platform partners are launching alongside the Watson platform are Fluid, an online retail app that “calls upon Watson’s ability to understand the nuances of human language and uncover answers from Big Data,” and Welltok, a health application that will let consumers have “conversations” with Watson and let it develop a series of health itineraries to meet their needs. IBM’s press release follows below. More →

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IBM Watson Smartphone Apps

Look out, Siri – IBM’s Watson coming soon to smartphones

May 21st at 4:30 PM

Look out, Siri – IBM’s Watson coming soon to smartphones

IBM spoke of shrinking its intelligent supercomputer Watson down to smartphone size last summer, and now it appears that the company is getting close to achieving that goal. Watson, which gained notoriety by famously trouncing two champions on Jeopardy, will not initially come to smartphones as a stand-alone app like Siri or Google Now, though it could eventually give both services a run for their money. Instead, IBM will partner with a number of companies including ANZ Bank, Nielsen, Celcom, IHS, and Royal Bank of Canada, Forbes reports to have Watson power customer service systems for these companies. Watson will initially be accessible though Web chats, email, smartphone apps and SMS, and voice recognition functionality is expected to come in future versions of the offering. Apps that include this new “Ask Watson” feature are expected to begin rolling out in the next few months.

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IBM envisions its Watson supercomputer becoming a supercharged voice assistant

August 28th at 7:10 PM

IBM envisions its Watson supercomputer becoming a supercharged voice assistant

IBM Watson Smartphone Integration

Apple (AAPL) introduced its Siri voice assistant with the launch of the iPhone 4S last October and since then, a number of copycat apps have been made available. While all these services show potential, in their current state they are just too limited for everyday use. IBM (IBM) is looking to change that, however, with the help of its supercomputer Watson. Bernie Meyerson, IBM’s vice president of innovation, said that he always envisioned a voice-activated Watson that would answer questions based on location data, historical trends and scientific studies. More →

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