Saturday, September 20, 2014

IBM Watson - Outsourcing the thinking?

Will it really be "Together we will do things generations before couldn't dream of" as IBM claims?

Finally IBM Watson is out for commerical usage. As per claims Watson(named after 1st IBM CEO) is not a machine but system having cognitive abilities.

Watson can think, can interact with humans on human terms, can understand human language, will be able to sugget various treatment options to doctors... so on and so forth.

Watosn powered by, cluster of ninety IBM Power 750 servers, each of which uses a 3.5 GHz POWER7 eight core processor, with four threads per core (In total, the system has 2,880 POWER7 processor cores and has 16TB of RAM) got the startdom after it beat former winners Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings in Jeopardy! game (received the first prize of $1 million).

On software side, Watson uses IBM's DeepQA software and Apache UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) framework. Watson runs on SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 OS using Apache Hadoop framework to provide distributed computing. This system was written in various languages, including Java, C++, Prolog.

As per IBM, when asked with a question Watson can come up with a hypothesis and process both structured and unstructured data. Processing both structured and unstructured data and ability to leverage the same for commercial purpose will definitely be great progress both for IBM and IT industry.



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