Thursday, June 24, 2010

My First Trip to IBM Watson

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Yesterday, I made a quick trip up to the IBM Watson Research Facility. I participated in an all day Executive Briefing with a customer as we convinced them that IBM was the right choice for collaboration technologies. But enough about me. This is about Watson.

Wondering What Is Watson? Maybe this video will help.

While I had done briefings in other IBM/Lotus locations, this was my first trip to Watson. As geeky as I am, I was excited to make this trip and see where all the magic of IBM Research happens. One of the things that caught my attention is the 7000+ patents, awarded to IBM in the last 2 years, shown on the walls as you walk into the briefing center. Very impressive.

I was hoping to run into some of the folks that I've met using our internal Facebook/Twitter system (aka Lotus Connections), but it didn't happen. I also didn't get a chance to play Jeopardy against Watson, but that's ok, because judging from the video above, I would've lost anyway. Can't wait to make my next trip up.


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