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Prodigious Debating Supercomputers

IBM's 'Watson' Uses 'DeepQA' Technology to Debate Issues

— May 10, 2014 — Tech
IBM's famous supercomputer Watson has special 'DeepQA' technology that allows it process natural human language and formulate arguments for and against any given assertion. The computer can be asked to discuss any topic under the sun; it responds by scanning its knowledge database for relevant content, make sense of the data and argue for and against the topic.

In a recent demonstration, Watson was asked to present arguments for and against the sale of violent video games to minors. Watson proceeded to scan Wikipedia for relevant information before offering highly sensible and articulate arguments for against the idea.

Watson's answer wasn't a simple regurgitation of sentences copied from Wikipedia articles. Rather, the supercomputer used its DeepQA technology to scan sources for information, select the strongest arguments and construct sentences to present those arguments.

IBM believes the DeepQA technology's ability to process huge amounts of data, extract information and find answers could have a number of applications as humanity grapples with exploding, vast amounts of information.
Trend Themes
1. Natural Language Processing - Opportunities for disruptive innovation in developing advanced language processing technologies to process vast amounts of data and generate articulate arguments.
2. Artificial Intelligence in Debate - Potential to disrupt the debate industry by leveraging AI-powered systems like IBM's Watson to provide well-researched arguments on any topic.
3. Data Analysis and Information Extraction - Disruptive innovation opportunities lie in creating tools and algorithms that can efficiently analyze vast amounts of data, extract relevant information, and provide valuable insights for decision-making.
Industry Implications
1. Technology - Technology industry can explore disruptive innovation opportunities by leveraging natural language processing and AI technologies to build advanced debate systems like IBM's Watson.
2. Education - Education industry can benefit from disruptive innovation by integrating AI-powered debate systems into classrooms, allowing students to learn and practice critical thinking and persuasive skills.
3. Information Services - Opportunities for disruptive innovation in the information services industry by developing sophisticated data analysis and information extraction tools to manage and make sense of vast amounts of data for various applications.
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