What’s Next For IBM’s Watson
Even before the outcome was known, when a computer called Watson took on the two greatest champions in the history ofJeopardy!, we knew who the winner would be: society.
That the computer won is remarkable—but at the same time almost incidental. It was, to be sure, a mind-bending advance in artificial intelligence, and a fascinating display of natural language recognition. But after all, the match was merely a demonstration, albeit a first-of-its-kind demonstration, of a computer’s ability to simulate human thought and reason.