IBM thinks the future belongs to computers that mimic the human brain and use quantum physics … and they’re betting $3 billion on it.
Names that tune in 3 notes
No, it’s not a contestant from the classic TV game show. It’s an IBM computer that uses algorithmic computation to identify a song’s musical period—Baroque, Classical or Romantic— in only three notes. And when applied to speech patterns, the same technology can be used as an early warning system for Parkinson’s disease and certain kinds of psychiatric disorders. Read on →
World’s Fair 50:
The Automatic Language Translator
Another World’s Fair crowd pleaser was the IBM Automatic Language Translator. In a live demonstration, the computer translated Russian text into English in a matter of seconds.
The most amazing part was that the translation wasn’t created from a computerized ‘dictionary search’ but from the analysis of both languages’ complex nuances and shades of meaning, syntax and grammar. To think that 50 years later, we have smart phones with translation apps for just about every language spoken. Очень здорово. Translation: Very cool.
"Watson, what is the likely outcome of this business decision?"
Remember Watson, the big data-cloud service hybrid which famously competed on Jeopardy? IBM wants to transform Watson into a Siri for business.
Winning Jeopardy was just a proof of concept. Now IBM’s artificial brain has moved onto conquering health care—and next journalism.