IBM Watson Vs. Amazon: Machine Learning Systems Presage the Future

IBM has traveled a long path to make artificial intelligence (AI) more accessible. Its Big Blue supercomputer famously beat world chess champion Gary Kasparov and Watson captured the public’s attention when it beat the reigning Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings. And a recent and amusing ad for Watson features Bob Dylan with Watson telling the iconic folksinger that he can read 800 million pages a second. Intones Dylan, dryly: “That’s fast.” Such high profile stunts are great publicity, but enterprises are more interested in practical applications than winning games or analyzing all of Dylan’s song lyrics (which Watson did). Fortunately IBM has delivered, evolving Watson into a service used across a variety of industries from medicine to sports. Watson has its own developer ecosystem and a cloud-based platform called IBM Bluemix…


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