IT & Network Infrastructure : IBM`s Watson Stumps Harvard, MIT Students

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-11-02 Print this article Print
IBM Watson University Challenge

IBM Watson University Challenge

IBMs Watson Symposium and Challenge was designed to highlight the technologies in Big Blues question-answer computer system and to discuss how the use of advanced analytics will change the way the world does business. IBM also demonstrated Watson's question-answer capabilities, using once again the TV game show Jeopardy! to show off the computers prowess. The demonstration pitted HBS and MIT students against Watson. Here are some photos from the IBM Watson event.
IBM conducted a Watson symposium with Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management Oct. 31 to highlight the innovation IBM has created in its Watson technology and to look at the future of technology in business. The event brought together some of the brightest academic minds to collaborate on the use of advanced analytics, like those powering Watson, to transform the way the world does business. As part of the symposium, teams of students from Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management tested their skills in a demonstration of IBM Watson's question-answer capabilities in an exhibition game of the television quiz show Jeopardy! Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, is a computing system created by IBM scientists that understands the meaning and context of human language, can analyze data and learn correlations between data. The technology introduces the capability to sift through an equivalent of about 1 million books or roughly 200 million pages of data to provide instant answers to questions posed to it.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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