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GO INSIDE THE INVENTIVE MIND
Follow along as we share the passion and anecdotes of IBMers who helped send people to the moon, hatched trillions of barcodes, launched the computer industry and then even taught one to play Jeopardy! They’re just some of the innovations we’ve been working on to build a smarter planet.
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The artificial know-it-all, 2012
from the last 20 years
“Who is Bram Stoker?” It’s the Jeopardy! game-winning answer given by a computer system named Watson, and the literary father of Dracula. While it was Watson’s win, the achievement really came on the shoulders of humans and their IBM US Patent No. 8,275,803, also known as DeepQA.
By distinguishing the contextual meaning of the words within a question, cognitive systems have become fluent in the intricacies of natural language—even our quips and puns—to give us better results than keywords alone. Soon doctors will be consulting Watson in everything from cancer research to cardiac surgery. Now that’s one innovation everyone can take to heart. And that’s one bad joke that Watson would groan at, too.
One Smart Century:
No one earned more patents from 1993-2012. But in fairness, we did have 80 years to prepare.