In a truly audacious move, IBM has just announced that it is rolling out its cognitive supercomputer Watson into the cloud, making it available to users all over the world. Quentin Hardy writes in the New York Times
Companies, academics and individual software developers will be able to use it at a small fraction of the previous cost, drawing on IBM’s specialists in fields like computational linguistics to build machines that can interpret complex data and better interact with humans.... It is also an indication of how quickly the technology industry is changing, from complex systems that cost millions to install to pay-as-you-go deals that provide small companies and even individuals access to technology that just a few years ago only the largest companies could afford.
This announcement comes shortly after IBM demoed Watson accessibility on tablets thru Worklight, its mobile environment.
What we are seeing is a brand new deployment model where a massive cognitive supercomputer like Watson quickly can be brought out of the lab and the hospitals where Watson for Healthcare has been deployed until now, and onto the global cloud.
This move leverages IBM's strong position in mobile and cloud computing, and ushers in a brave new world where a global enterprise company like IBM can move as fast as if it was a startup company in Silicon Valley.
Stay tuned, this is just the beginning of the Watson story.