IBM sends superstar Watson to college

Watson, the supercomputer famous for beating the best human "Jeopardy!" champions, is going to college.

IBM announced Wednesday that it will provide a Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the first time the computer is being sent to a university. "It's a big step for us," said Michael Henesey, IBM's vice president of development. "We consider it absolutely strategic technology for IBM in the future. "

Watson is a cognitive system that can process massive amounts of data, including natural language. To beat "Jeopardy!" champions, it was fed the contents of encyclopedias, books, news dispatches and movie scripts.

- Associated Press

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