Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Future Roles of Watson

Last week’s big news: IBM’s smartest computer Watson won the game, and became the new Jeopardy champion, it’s not only just the new milestone in the computer history, but also the victory for humanity. Watson will play the significant role to help human change the world, and IBM could also commercialize Watson and get decent return from the investment on him in the last couple of years.

During the game, even Watson has no “face” yet, we could still visualize Watson as a intelligent, information savvy, one of the coolest players with the fastest running mindset, beyond the human-powered machine of listening, learning, engaging and evolving. Besides informative, intelligent, inquisitive, Watson could become more intuitive, inspiring, imaginative via indefatigable practice.

Watson will be qualified for many roles in the future:
•Watson will become the doctor or doctor assistant to interact with patients and human colleagues, diagnose and prescribe with precision and speed;

•Watson will become a senior consultant in any knowledge intensive domain, such as legal, IT, science research, customer services., etc, bring up the new insight via comparing, patterning, and tuning volume information with super speed.

•Watson will become the future of librarian, professor; communicate with audience via unimaginable knowledge and wisdom.

•Watson will become the writer to convey fresh insight or perspective through digesting so much historic information, no matter it’s the research white paper or the fiction story, Watson could predict the future via seeing through the history.
In summary, Watson’s victory help open the new chapter to the next generation of computer, artificial intelligence, and smart robot, many Watsons or Watsonas will work closely with humans to reinvent the science, management, philosophy. etc. and explore the many unsolved mysteries around us. Watson helps us celebrate humanity, recognize our own potential, and well prepare the future by digging deeper into the historic pattern.


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