Watson is the 'Third Era of computing' says IBM director Steve Abrams

Watson, the artificial intelligence being developed by IBM, is thought of as “the third era of computing” explained IBM Watson director, Steve Abrams, while discussing the potential of the project.

Speaking to The Drum, Abrams discussed just how powerful Watson was; “This new era of systems is one that is not about programmes. They can talk or ingest natural language, they can understand what they read and they can help us make decisions about areas to explore and finding answers. We think that the areas of potential during this third era of computing are tremendous. We’re going to see systems tackle areas that we never imagined.”

He also explained the social good that could be achieved through the emergence of Watson, which has been used to devise new cooking recipes in order to highlight the data mining and powers of cognitively that it is capable of.

“Anytime there is a professional with access to more data than they know how to deal with, and if they need help finding their way through that information and evaluating new areas to pursue, we think that cognitive systems like Watson can be a tremendous asset.”

Amongst the work the system has been involved with over the years, was its work on helping the continued goal to find a cure for cancer.

“We are trying to develop systems that will help human beings expand their ability to discover and create. We are using food as a vehicle to demonstrate that while getting the word out about what this is all about,” concluded Abrams.

The full video interview can be viewed above.

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