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Is IBM Watson The Next Big Thing?

Opening Argument

IBM Watson is becoming more popular. Will this be the future?
  1. ?

    6 votes
    1. Yes
      83.33%
    2. No
      16.67%

Status: Open Debate


Arguments

  • Yes,
    IBM Watson is gaining popularity. It can do many things and is targeted towards many things including the medical martlet and generally, the technology market.

    here is an article: http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/IBM-Watson-supercomputer
  • Yes, IBM is extremely innovative, especially now. The IBM Watson can now achieve many things including beating a human in chess.

    https://www.ibm.com/watson/
  • agsragsr 601 PtsPremium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    Premium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    I will actually argue that while cognitive computing and AI will be the future and will take us to unprecedented territory, I don't believe that IBM Watson will take us there.  iBM cannot compete with innovation with google, amazon, apple.  There are thousands of great startups in the space, creating fantastic ecosystem. Much of IBM, and Google Cognitive computing is now exposed as APIs, allowing creative solutions to be created.  IBM watson technology is very impressive, but overtime it will be overtaken by competition.  In the meantime IBM Watson and other Cognitive Computing companies will transform many things we take for granted.
    Live Long and Prosper
  • inc4tinc4t 154 Pts
    Agsr, IBM survived multipe generations and redefined themeselves.  They went from mainframe (which they still make a lot of money on), personal PCs, to now this.  They have hugh corporate accounts and sell massive Enterprise License agreements to virtually all fortune 500 companies.  IBM is here to stay, and they will leverage their corporate relationships to mature Watson Cognitive capability not achievable by startups. Cognitive computing requires training large data sets, and their corporate relationships enable that.
  • I have to agree with inc4t. Sorry agsr, I don't share your opinion on this one. iBM watson has a great head start, a massive budget, and deep corporate relationships almost impossible to replicate. I see them as a key lomg term player in this space, and this technology will really change the future sooner than we think.
  • agsragsr 601 PtsPremium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    Premium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    Inc4t and love2debate, 
    While I agree on your points on corporate relationships, I still think that alphabet companies will overtake them in this space.  They can attract a much larger ecosystem of startup talent, where IBM is just too big and moves too slow.  Your arguments though have a lot of merit, and will help IBM to stay in the game.  They will not be the leader though in 3-5 years.  That is not their key competence.  They cannot attract top talent needed to succeed long term.
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    Live Long and Prosper
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