Last fall, IBM's CEO Ginni Rometty said in an interview that Watson 2.0 would be able to interpret images (e.g., X-rays) and that Watson 3.0 will "debate and reason".
This week, John Kelly III, Director of IBM Research, participated in a panel discussion where he briefly presented the "Debater", a computer "able to construct arguments (pros and cons) on any subject we throw at it".
The image below comes from this presentation and the discussion of these "IBM debating technologies" begins at 45'25" in the video recording of this session, available here: http://www.milkeninstitute.org/events/gcprogram.taf?function=detail&eventid=GC14&EvID=4904
From these two interviews, it's hard to tell how close IBM really is to delivering this kind of product. Anyway, we can prepare and get ready to take advantage of Watson 3.0 when it comes out of IBM's research labs. The potential of this thing is to enable the construction of a web of ideas (made of concepts and arguments) that should be at least as exciting as the current web of documents (and of data).
A nice application would be to automatically initialize a very large scale map of topics, issues and arguments into a tool such as Debategraph. In other words, instead of waiting for people to build the maps of Debategraph, a painfully slow process, we could use Watson to automate at least part of the process.
Thomas, M. J. W. (2002). Learning within incoherent structures: the space of online discussion forums. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 18(3), 351–366. doi:10.1046/j.0266-4909.2002.03800.x
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