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IBM wants to bring the computing power of the Watson supercomputer to mobile devices

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IBM wants to bring the computing power of the Watson supercomputer to mobile devices

Siri and Google Now, beware! IBM is determined to bring the power of its artificially intelligent NLP (natural language processing) supercomputer, Watson, to mobile devices. The corporation called upon various app developers to make use of Watson's computing capabilities. The developers will compete at the Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, which starts on March 31, and only two dozen will get to the final stage of the contest.

Several apps, which are making use of Watson's computing power, are expected to see the light of day in 2014. Most of them are healtcare-oriented, as medical information databases are always growing in size.

"The power of Watson in the palm of your hand is a game-changing proposition, so we're calling on mobile developers around the world to start building cognitive computing apps infused with Watson's intelligence," stated Mike Rhodin, a vice president with IBM Watson Group.

But what is Watson truly capable of? Well, simply put, IBM's intelligent supercomputer can answer almost any question, asked in a natural language. Watson is capable of processing roughly 500GB of data per second. Its computing power was demonstrated back in 2011, when Watson took part in Jeopardy!, the popular TV game, and competed against two former champions. The supercomputer was deliberately disconnected from the Internet, but it had access to more than 4 terabytes of data and the whole Wikipedia website was loaded into its RAM. Watson won the game without breaking a sweat and raised $1 million.

Hardware-wise, IBM's monster consists of 2,880 high-end octa-core processors, each clocked at 3.5GHz. Some 16TB (yes, terabytes) of RAM are also at Watson's disposal. The hardware costs roughly $3 million and IBM has invested nearly $1 billion in the whole project.

So, it seems that Watson might up the ante in the field of mobile digital assistants. Only time will show if we will be enabled to benefit from its computing power.

Behold the power of Watson in the video below.


source: IBM Watson via BBC

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posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:46 1

1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I'm sure MS has a hand in this....

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:26 3

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Why do you say that?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:07

8. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Why do you ask that?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:29 2

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Well because you seem to imply MS has anything to do with this...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 16:31

11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Exactly.....

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 16:32

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Why, whatever gave you that idea?.. Lol.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:24

16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol ?!? lol

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:28

4. Ashoaib (Posts: 1909; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Wow... thats a news

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 15:14 1

10. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Dought it probably something more reliable like linux or unix

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 16:34

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You doubt it?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:09

14. fireblade (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


96% of supercomputer marketshare is linux

http://www.top500.org/statistics/list/

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:01 1

2. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 857; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I don't think so......nice thinking but user beware is my thinking. They are so behind the curve and when ever IBM tries to offer the consumer anything they always get greedy. They originally had the PC business but greed set in! They developed the Eisa bus and many other PC technologies but greed always set in.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:29

5. Ashoaib (Posts: 1909; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Do you mean to say, same like apple?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 10:35

6. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 857; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


LOL lets not make this a flame war......but somewhat yes! I think apple has done a better job though.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 11:17

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5724; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Medical apps are a logical area for natural language processing. I wonder if Apple could make an exception to its Not Invented Here philosophy and partner with IBM on a medical app for the iWatch?

There is always MS Cortana and Google Now if Apple is too proud to sully itself working with Big Blue.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 23:57

15. Scott93274 (Posts: 837; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Cool story, I wonder if Google is going to do anything with that quantum computer they have or if they even know what to do with it.

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