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Inside Watson, IBM's Jeopardy Computer

IBM has 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 IBM challenged Jeopardy and two of the show's all-time champions to a match. Jeopardy's producers and the human contestants agreed. Taping took place January 14, and the three computer-vs.-human episodes will air February 14-16. Cynics may call it a publicity stunt, but the project has brought real advances in c
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IBM says Watson-like computers could take on challenges in many domains. "I can't imagine a single industry where there isn't potential to transform it, whether it's the healthcare system, the legal system or any area where time-sensitive and accuracy-sensitive responses are needed," said Dr. John E. Kelly, III, senior vice president and director of IBM Research.

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