IBM's Artificial Intelligence Problem, or Why Watson Can't Get a Job

The IBM computer system known as Watson Photograph by IBM via AP Photo

What if we built a super-smart artificial brain and no one cared? IBM is facing that possibility. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company is having a hard time making money off of its Jeopardy-winning supercomputer, Watson. The company has always claimed that Watson was more than a publicity stunt, that it had revolutionary real-world applications in health care, investing, and other realms. IBM Chief Executive Officer Virginia Rometty has promised that Watson will generate $10 billion in annual revenue within 10 years, but according to the Journal, as of last October Watson was far behind projections, only bringing in $100 million.

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