IBM Watson: Broadening the Horizon of Cognitive Computing

Perceiving, understanding, reasoning and learning are as common as air in the human condition but the deep complexity of those cognitive processes makes them among the hardest nuts to crack in information technology (IT). You’d think it would be easier after IT’s decades of accomplishment and success. But doing so requires vendors and developers to breakdown individual processes into dozens of component steps, and solve scores or hundreds of problems arising from each.

That was what made ’s technology so fascinating when it arrived on the scene in 2011 as a contestant on the Jeopardy! TV game show. It’s also what made the company’s launch this week of new technologies at a new IBM in San Francisco so impressive.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the .

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