Supercomputer Watson headed to college


Watson, the supercomputer famous for its appearance on Jeopardy!, is headed to college.

IBM is announcing Wednesday the supercomputer, Watson, will be provided to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the first time the computer is being sent to a university, the Associated Press is reporting.

Watson’s course work will include English and math.

“It’s a big step for us,” said Michael Henesey, IBM’s vice president of business development. “We consider it absolutely strategic technology for IBM in the future. And we want to evolve it, of course, thoughtfully, but also in collaboration with the best and brightest in academia.”

Watson is a system that can process massive amounts of data, including language.

IBM, which provided a grant to RPI to operate Watson for three years, sees it as a way to help it boost the computer’s cognitive capabilities.

Read more: Associated Press

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