Pricing was not disclosed, but hospitals and health care networks who sign up will be able to buy or rent Watson’s advice from the cloud or their own server. Over the past two years, IBM’s researchers have shrunk Watson from the size of a master bedroom to a pizza-box-sized server that can fit in any data center. And they improved its processing speed by 240%. Now what was once was a fun computer-science experiment in natural language processing is becoming a real business for IBM and Wellpoint, which is the exclusive reseller of the technology for now. Initial customers include WestMed Practice Partners and the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine & Blood Disorders.
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- This was a great article, thanks for the update on Watson. I have a particular interest in this area as my company has been developing a similar system to Watson for a few years, and it's almost intimidating to try to figure out where to apply this technology first. We're currently deploying it with retail and customer care data, but healthcare does seem like the obvious answer as there's a potentially limitless supply of customers--if it works. Which, thankfully for all of us human beings, it seems like it does.
It'll be interesting to see this type of technology roll out across various industries, I think we're going to see a noticeable divide between the haves and have-nots. It really exposes the value proposition of big data.
Anyway, great article, thanks!Feb 11, 2013