IBM wants Watson to ask us questions

David Kenny is about two months into his new job. He’s the General Manager of IBM Watson — the company’s cognitive computing platform — and was stuck on a plane for half an hour before our phone interview. He had just flown into Augusta, Georgia for the Masters. Bad weather caused a pileup of arrivals. The airport ran out of open gates. His flight was stuck on the tarmac. If air traffic controllers had access to Watson, they might have been able to forecast the flight congestion. Watson could have proactively asked workers if they wanted to move gates around based on its weather predictions. It could have prompted airlines to delay departures from other locations, or helped airlines tell passengers (like Kenny) that they would be stuck on the…


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