IBM's Latest Triumph: Supporting Deep Q&A
Taking on another grand challenge, IBM spent four years and untold hundreds of millions of dollars developing Watson, a computer that can play Jeopardy. In fact, Watson answers questions so quickly and accurately that it beat the show's all-time champions in two matches aired in February. If IBM's previous (chess-playing) Deep Blue and (genetics-studying) Blue Gene supercomputers are any indication, advances in what IBM calls deep question-and-answer analytics could show up in the real world within three to five years. Check out our "Inside Watson" slideshow for more details.