New York • IBM wants you to know that its Watson technology can do more than win "Jeopardy!": It can now help accelerate scientific research and discoveries.
IBM, in a peer-reviewed paper with Baylor College of Medicine, used the Watson Discovery Advisor technology to map connections within troves of scientific research. The ability to point scientists toward new hypotheses and patterns in data is also being used by Johnson & Johnson to help develop medicines and find additional uses for existing drugs, IBM said in a statement.
Since the "Jeopardy!" win in 2011 proved Watson can answer questions and analyze data in natural human language, IBM has been trying to commercialize the technology by showing how it can be applied to customer service and financial planning. As declining demand for IBM's hardware has led to nine straight quarters of falling sales, the company has turned to data analytics tools like Watson as a new source of growth.