IBM has announced that its Watson supercomputer will be made available via the cloud. This will allow developers to create applications that can utilise the machine’s data-crunching capabilities, Big Blue said.
So far Watson has been mostly focused on the healthcare markets but Mike Rhodin, senior vice president for the IBM Software Solutions Group, said by taking Watson to the cloud it would help transform other areas of the market.
“As we think about the future of Watson and we think about how it’s going to expand across the market place we see this ecosystem starting to expand, bringing in the creativity of entrepreneurs across the world to start to access Watson through easy-to-use technologies like our cloud,” he said.
“Our developer cloud is going to make it easier for them to get a hold of this technology, to leverage this technology and to build new solution that we can’t even imagine today.”
Watson first hit the headlines in 2011 when it was able to beat human players of the US game show Jeopardy. Its data-crunching capabilities are seen as ideal for solving big data challenges facing many organisations as they try to grapple with these issues.
The news comes at a particularly busy time for IBM as it continues to flesh out its product portfolio in other areas, with numerous acquisitions such as Fiberlink to boost its BYOD services, as well as being in the middle of a major push for its cloud computing portfolio.
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