IBM unveils new business unit to tap artificial intelligence progress

8:44 am by Mourad Haroutunian Watson excels at analyzing vast quantities of information to uncover relationships that humans might miss. International Business Machines (), the world’s largest provider of technology services, has formed a new business unit to capitalize on the recent upsurge in artificial intelligence. The new Cognitive Business Solutions group’s 2,000 employees will advise companies in how to take advantage of ’s Watson artificial-intelligence software, the Armonk, New York-based company said in a statement on Tuesday. The division will be run by Stephen Pratt, previously an executive in the consulting practice at Indian outsourcer Infosys.  Introduced in 2011, Watson excels at analyzing vast quantities of information to uncover relationships that humans might miss.  believes it could serve as the core of a new generation of ultrasmart digital assistants…


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