What Ever Happened to IBMs Watson
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The human brain, by contrast, runs on the equivalent of 20 watts. All along, the company's goal was to push the frontiers of science and burnish IBM's reputation. IBM made a similar - and successful - bet with its chess-playing Deep Blue computer, which beat the world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997
"I was told I didn't understand," Dr. Kohn said. The company's top management, current and former IBM insiders noted, was dominated until recently by executives with backgrounds in services and sales rather than technology product experts
This was only the beginning of a technological revolution about to sweep through society, the company pledged. "Already," IBM declared in an advertisement the day after the Watson victory, "we are exploring ways to apply Watson skills to the rich, varied language of health care, finance, law and academia."
Time and again during its 110-year history, IBM has ushered in new technology and sold it to corporations. The company so dominated the market for mainframe computers that it was the target of a federal antitrust case