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My dear Watson, do you want to take over?

The IBM highlight at CeBIT this year is the Watson cognitive computing system, developed to understand natural language and provide answers to questions that haven’t even been asked yet.

18 Feb. 2016
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The highly sophisticated Watson computing system from IBM has been hitting the headlines for a good five years now – along with many a quote from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series. And although computers have been completing “elementary” tasks ever since they were first developed, the key “element” of the Watson system goes much further. According to IBM, Watson has been designed to collect and understand all types of data so that it can learn and draw conclusions – in other words, Watson can think. Of course, it is still a long way from independently making important decisions in complex situations, but IBM is at CeBIT 2016 in Hannover to show exactly how far Watson has come.

First launched in 2011, Watson has certainly moved on from its “first of a kind” status to become a commercial cognitive computing system with enormous potential, backed up by a huge range of apps, sample applications and demos from sectors including finance, retail and telecommunications. For instance, CeBIT visitors can see for themselves how Watson is contributing to robot technology – with machines communicating in real time by means of natural human language, thus opening up completely new possibilities for using robots in complex business scenarios. In the IBM demo area, visitors can also explore Watson’s interfaces for application programming and talk to experts about technical issues and various potential applications.

IBM Deutschland GmbH (71139 Ehningen, Germany), Hall 2, Stand A10


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