The entire IT space is buzzing with conversations around the upcoming Jeopardy show Feb 14-16 where Watson, IBM's natural language processing supercomputer faces humans. Watson beat future rivals, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in the practice bout on Jan 14. To read more about this practice round, click here. IBM (IBM, Fortune 500) will donate 100% of Watson's winnings to charity. Interesting practical applications include healthcare sector where Watson could help doctors more accurately diagnose patients. Other business applications include online self-service help desks, tourist information centers, hotlines and much more.
Source: money.cnn.com and ibm.com
Here is a write up on the "10 Things You Need to Know About the Technology Behind Watson" per Craig Rhinehart, Director, ECM Product Strategy at IBM.