IBM wants to bring the computing power of the Watson supercomputer to mobile devices
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.
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.
9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Well because you seem to imply MS has anything to do with this...
12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3526; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Why, whatever gave you that idea?.. Lol.
10. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Dought it probably something more reliable like linux or unix
14. fireblade (Posts: 670; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
96% of supercomputer marketshare is linux
2. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 843; 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.
6. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 843; 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.
7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5622; 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.
15. Scott93274 (Posts: 685; 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.