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.


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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16 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Why do you say that?

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Why do you ask that?

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly.....

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol ?!? lol

4. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Wow... thats a news

10. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Dought it probably something more reliable like linux or unix

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You doubt it?

14. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

96% of supercomputer marketshare is linux http://www.top500.org/statistics/list/

2. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

5. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Do you mean to say, same like apple?

6. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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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