IBM, Duggal Transform Duggal Greenhouse
06 May 2015
Meet Watson, IBM’s futuristic supercomputer that’s as smart as you – not smarter, because that would make it a robot. Robots lack cognition and the ability to learn; Watson possesses ‘the cognitive framework that humans use to inform their decisions.’
You may have heard of Watson. In 2011, it defeated human contestants on Jeopardy. Since going commercial in January 2014, it has become a game-changing analyst for everything from healthcare to oil refining; financial services to e-commerce. Watson is currently working with 14 U.S. cancer centers to develop personalized cancer treatments based on patients’ genetics. At the same time, it has also published a 231-page cookbook with the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Care for an Austrian chocolate burrito?
Watson is everywhere, but for three days in May, the Duggal Greenhouse became the ‘World of Watson.’ IBM hosted thought leaders from 26 industries across 32 countries at the Brooklyn waterfront venue for an interactive forum on our future with Watson. Keynote speakers shared their experiences employing IBM’s groundbreaking technology, while developers and creative geniuses camped out and competed for $25,000 in prizes as part of the first-ever Watson Hackathon.