​IBM talks about progress on Watson, OpenPower

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Five years ago IBM Watson came to the attention of the world thanks to Jeopardy. The real achievement of Watson, however, wasn’t its victory over Ken Jennings, said Rob High Jr., an IBM Fellow and head of the Watson Group, during his keynote at the GPU Technology Conference. Rather it was Watson’s ability to digest so much information and understand the questions thrown at it.

IBM then looked around to see where else those capabilities might be useful, and the first thing that came to mind was doctors. Since then it has turned out that there are many industries that could benefit from what it calls cognitive computing.

The difference between cognitive computing and artificial intelligence is a bit…

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