Tech giant IBM announced it will invest one billion dollars in a new Watson-based business unit to promote sales of Watson-powered technologies. The supercomputer, named after former IBM president Thomas Watson, sprung to fame when it bested reining game show champions on an episode of Jeopardy in 2011. The two-day tournament was a proving ground for Read more…
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<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Vivek_Wadhwa_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”101″ height=”84″ />Tech entrepreneur turned academic, Vivek Wadhwa is currently the Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University, an institution that educates a select group of leaders about exponentially growing technologies. In this interview for HPCwire, Wadhwa describes his thoughts on the culture of Silicon Valley, Singularity University, the rising costs of education, and the rapid evolution of technology.
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Next week the IBM supercomputer known as “Watson” will take on two of the most accomplished Jeopardy players of all time, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, in a three-game match starting on February 14. If Watson manages to best the humans, it will represent the most important advance in machine intelligence since IBM’s “Deep Blue” beat chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997. But this time around, the company also plans to make a business case for the technology. Trivial pursuit this is not.