IBM plans next step for Jeopardy! winning computer.
After IBM’s supercomputer Watson won $1 million in last years Jeopardy! round, you’d think it might be ready to retire to a nice beach side villa, but IBM engineers have spoken more about its future uses in the workplace.
“The healthcare industry jumped out as one of the first areas we will look to market Watson, as information in the medical world is doubling every five years so it’s getting ever harder for staff to find the data they need,” said Manoj Saxena, IBM’s general manager for Watson. But it’s not just in medicine where the system could find a use:
Saxena added that the capabilities of Watson would be vital for businesses that are struggling to keep up with the huge amounts of unstructured data being created and stored, which is as high as 80 per cent in some organisations.
The company also revealed some of the processing power of Watson, which has 2,880 processing cores, 90 IBM P750 servers, has 16TB of memory and 80 teraflops of computing power.
This means the system is able to analyse the entire data of 200 million documents in three seconds.