Siri is helpful when you want to schedule a reminder or look at the forecast, but wouldn't it be better to have a bona fide Jeopardy! champ in your pocket? IBM is trying to figure out how to bring the power of its superbrainy Watson to smartphones, helping people answer far more complex questions.
Maybe a farmer would stand in his field and ask Watson where to plant his corn — the phone would chirp an instant reply based on Watson analysis of precipitation data, scientific studies and location trends, Bloomberg reports. Or maybe you can ask a couple questions and Watson can diagnose your illness, sending a a report to your doctor, offering advice on prescriptions and telling you where you can pick them up.
Siri can figure out what you're asking (most of the time) even when you're being conversational — ask, "Do I need an umbrella tomorrow?" and Siri understands that what you really want is a weather forecast. But Watson is far wiser, searching hundreds of sources instantly and interpreting even the most complicated request. It was able to figure out the tricky backward questions on TV's finest trivia show, as you may recall.
A Watson app would theoretically connect to the real Watson, in IBM's Yorktown Heights, N.Y., research center, where the 10 racks of Power750 servers would find your answer.
The challenge for now is power — a Watson app is still prohibitively power- and processing-hungry to be practical, and Watson itself needs tons of power to operate, Bloomberg says. And it can't yet respond to spoken questions or images, though IBM is reportedly working on that: "A guy could say into his phone, 'Here's where I am and here's what I see,' lifting it up to take in images of the environment," Katharine Frase, vice president of industry research at IBM, told Bloomberg.
Watson 2.0, which IBM is currently developing, will be more energy-efficient and even smarter, possibly making Watson apps a practical solution.
[via San Francisco Chronicle]
Combine our cell phone with gps tracking in the cell phone, Siri and NSA and our government has us all on a very tight leash of tracking and monitoring! It’s sad the innocent must lose their freedoms, when in fact it’s the criminals and terrorist causing all the problems.
Sounds like a straw man argument. No one is forcing you to buy a phone with GPS in it. The big scary government is not implanting it or forcing you to have it. Why don't all the people paranoid of gps in their phones demand phone manufacturers develop a phone with out it?
How does the government knowing where I am constitute a lost freedom? Which exact freedom is being lost? The government knows where I sleep each night and where I work and what I drive so what is the big deal?
Stop drinking the koolaid Robot the government couldn't give a crap about you.
Your right, gps is not necessary for NSA to track people or even monitor their communications, via cell\lan line or internet activity, they have all the base highly established and covered.
And you right, my cell phone is simple and other people like myself are not force to buy anything.
Oh, its not paranoia if the starker is reality. But it is prudence to know, who is following you.
Perhaps you are just like many others that smoke cigarettes. If it does not bother today, it must not be a problem.
One day, you will be wondering what happen to your freedom, why you are being persecuted or living in a fascist state.
"The big scary government is not implanting it or forcing you to have it."
Wait a decade or so, and every phone on this planet will have a GPS in it.
Sorry, less than a decade.
2018 is the magic year when all phones will be required to have GPS in them. There are plenty of sources out there with this information if you don't consider the above website a credible source.
Read up on some more current sources. Looks like they won't be required in 2018. My guess is they will at some point. The point is, eventually you won't be able to buy a phone without a gps, it will happen some day.
Naturally and of course you’re entitled your opinions and typically in life, there are those who live with their hands over their eyes and ears, or their head in the sand. Take care. ;)
But for the point of the article to have a super computer mainframe at my finger tips in a app on a cell phone is kind of cool too!
I would be willing to dish out big bucks for a watson service. This would indeed be a killer app the likes of non we have seen yet! . . . .Bring it on. Love it. It would be worth whatever money IBM asks for it.
But don't water it down . . . Give us the full power of Watson!
Let me tell you how big a Watson App would be:
A Watson app would be to intelligence what the calculator was to Mathematics !!
This would be nothing less than the democratization of intelligence!
BRING IT ON!!
First of all a farmer would not ask a computer where to plant a crop. Farming is as much an art as a science, experience trumps all. I am from a rural region and experience always works best.
@Robot It is not healthy to believe that the governments are out to ruin our lives and control every action. And believing that can create a self-fullfiling prophesy (even in a democracy, possibly more so). Governments that aren't ruled by dictators have the interest of their people in mind and if GPS can help lower crime rates or alert governments to shifting populations then it is positive and moving forward. Yes there are always drawbacks, but postive outweighs the negative in most cases. Or we the people will fix it, even a dictatorship.
But back to the article, I would find it fun to try to trip Watson up. But that would also provide interesting facts that I may not of known. It's neat.
“Governments that aren't ruled by dictators have the interest of their people in mind”
The question is who belongs to “Their People” ? From the policy decisions that the government makes I would say that among this group can be found, just to name a few, the OIL people, the FINANCE people and the PHARMACEUTICAL people. However, most of the population does not fall into this group.
@ Schwachsinnige Robot (aka Bubba Gump)
My head maybe in the sand but yours is in the clouds. Again I ask what rights specifically are being dissolved??
Perhaps but they are not forcing you to own a cell phone...
I want this app it would be great for Watson to do my work for me XD.
google better get onboard with watson or google is going to be yesterday's trash... It'll be nice to ask Watson a question and get an answer as opposed to asking google a question and getting websites that you then have to search through to hopefully find your answer. I can't wait for the Watson app and Watson webpage.
Obviously, if you resort to some kind of name calling, you have lost your support and are becoming irrational. Take care. ;)
Don't be so sensitive Hin.
Well, I'd say that putting Watson in an app shouldn't be difficult, because it's just an upload-download of a query-solution; and it's not like WATSON is actually ever going to actually be in real contact with a user system anyway. You just have to find a way to moderate queries and buffer both in and outbound traffic in fully self contained subsystems. This is actually pretty smart if they can get it up and running. We were the one-eyed Kings in the land of the blind, but those days are long past now, with the world knowing now what we do, for the most part. It would allow for a new and perhaps more relevant data gathering-too bad it would all be owned by corporations. If it wasn't owned data, it could generate a world knowledge net gain, say, if it all generated an accurate wiki.org. But so far, we'd only have access to our own queries or answers which would most assuredly suck. Once again, America leads the way in people giving up power to corporations? Or once again, America shows the world's people how they can empower themselves?
I'd say it's not a Good Idea, GPS Wasn't, CAMERA'S in phone's DEFINITELY Were Not.
Supercomputers such as this have existed to the NSA for years. If you'd actually like to believe the tapestry they painted you is reality and that anything they tell the public is 'new' really is when it hasn't' been the whole time.
Everything provided to the general populace is conformed to meet the reality they want you to believe. Wake up actually think outside the box and throw out your opinions and or beliefs and use the brain in your head put 1 and 1 together and if you get 2. you might just see Robot is right pretty much.....
I am an International Business Machine and I invented the Friendship Cube. I am willing to license the Friendship Cube Hardware and Software to IBM.
But when does it get past the old story of the kids challenge made to 10 year olds to come up with a question that the Master Control Program couldn't answer? The kid that won asked it what a peanut butter and jelly sandwich tastes like.
@ "FriendshipCube" Your cheesy false flag moniker is pointless with us humans. We already know you are Borg and that your cube is here to assimilate us, not be our friend.
"Again I ask what rights specifically are being dissolved??"
Your 'right to privacy'
...didn't know you had that right, did ya?
Don't feel alone, most people do not...or even care for that matter (Facebook for example).
This starts to becomes a real problem when governments criminalize liberty (they ALL inevitably do in varying degrees).
Presently, do to the war on terror, the war on drugs and special corporate interest, there is also a war on liberty going on... nothing personal, just business. And we all like to feel secure, don't we?.
Might want to take a serious look around you sometime Convictus.
I don't see this as a step in the "right" direction. We are loosing more and more of our privacy every day. I deleted all my FB posts, all my FB friends, all my FB photos, gave my account a fake name, and deleted/disabled the account. It's funny, I'm a systems engineer yet I do no like the way smartphones and social media has effected society.
Watson is going to open up a whole new resource for data mining. I honestly believe Google earns money from selling
data based on queries submitted. With time you can assemble an accurate profile on someone.
don't worry buddy. just don't bring your cell phone when you go to your drug dealers house or rob a bank. :)