In the next five years, nearly every important decision, whether it’s business or personal, will be made with the assistance of IBM Watson, said IBM president and CEO Ginni Rometty, in a keynote speech at IBM’s World of Watson conference.
LAS VEGAS — In the next five years, every important decision, whether it’s business or personal, will be made with the assistance of IBM Watson. That’s the vision of IBM president and CEO Ginni Rometty, in a keynote speech at IBM’s World of Watson conference Wednesday.
Watson, the company’s artificial intelligence-fueled system, is working in fields like health care, finance, entertainment and retail, connecting businesses more easily with their customers, making sense of big data and helping doctors find treatments for cancer patients.
he Watson system is set to transform how businesses function and how people live their lives. “Our goal is augmenting intelligence,” Rometty said. “It is man and machine. This is all about extending your expertise. A teacher. A doctor. A lawyer. It doesn’t matter what you do. We will extend it.”
IBM’s conference this week, which the company said drew 17,000 attendees, explored how companies, including retailers, educators, human resources departments and financial institutions, amon others, can use Watson.
“The challenge IBM has right now is to define the marketplace,” said Jeff Kagan, an independent industry analyst, who attended the conference. “Ten years from now, will IBM be the leader? Watson is the leader today but that’s easy… If they want to be a leader, they need to create the marketplace and the expectations.”
The A.I. market is young and malleable and Watson is the biggest name, pulling in users like General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Staples, Teva Pharmaceuticals, the American Cancer Society and the Cleveland Clinic….