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[ontolog-forum] More on Watson

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From: Ron Wheeler <rwheeler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 08:14:37 -0500
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As an IBM Partner in the e-Learning space (we sell the Saba LMS as does 
IBM), I get regular e-mails about sales opportunities, technical updates 
and general management ideas.    (01)

Today I received a bit on Watson that I can share with you.    (02)

describes different aspects of the Watson project and gives a bit of a 
hint as to where IBM thinks that it can be applied next.    (03)

According to IBM
"Watson represents a tremendous breakthrough in computers understanding 
natural language, "real language" that is not specially designed and 
encoded just for computers, but language humans use to naturally capture 
and communicate knowledge. Much of the technology that comprises Watson 
is commercially available today. IBM has added custom software and 
algorithms to help it meet the Jeopardy! Challenge from Information 
Management, Hadoop, Eclipse and DB2. "    (04)

Be the first on your block to have your own Watson.
Anyone need one? I can put you at the top of my list of sales prospects.;-)    (05)

As I get more details, I will try to share the interesting bits.    (06)

I am interested in how this will help clarify the field of ontology.
It should remove a few of the areas of practical applicability and 
perhaps help to focus attention on the areas where ontology is the right 
starting point for building applications rather than starting with the 
technologies that make up Watson.    (07)

Ron    (08)

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