IBM is always claiming to be “building a smarter planet”. Then how come every time I look the planet seems to be getting dumber by the hour?
But my real point is that IBM is great at marketing their supposed breakthroughs - I personally take much (most) of what they say with a rather large grain of salt. Sure you can do a demo that wow’s the punters but somehow most of these demos never really make it all the way to daily life.
This one will, although most people will not interact with it directly. Eventually, maybe in ten years, you will not know whether the person on the phone is a Watson like entity or a human.
Probably because our view of the world is filtered through the lightweight brains of journalists.
I would wish that IBM made Lotus Notes simpler to configure and consistent with installation.
It is a horrible email client in every respect. I would trade for Outlook and its known problems. At least there is plenty of support out there. Notes advanced problems - ha. One has almost to be a software engineer to do any real fixing if it goes stupid.
By way of comparison, google's slogan is "Don't be evil", yet every time I look at them...
I think you are mistaken in this belief. The system has already demonstrated its basic ability by winning at Jeopardy. That wasn’t a parlor trick. This “demo” was run in real time without foreknowledge of the questions.
What it is doing is easy enough to comprehend. It is doing vast searches of all relevant data - and it has a grading system that helps it pick the best answers. Not magic - good engineering!
You mean like, ah, a personal computer?