How IBM's Watson is helping us lead healthier lives

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IBM Watson may be the smartest supercomputer of our time. Watson, a cognitive question answering machine, processes data like a human by reading and understanding natural language, creating hypotheses based on evidence, and learning on the go. Watson accumulates knowledge in three distinct ways: being taught by people, learning from past interactions, and being given new information. In other words, Watson generates the answer itself, which is more than what search engines do by returning a ranked list of documents in order of relevance to your question. This type of artificial intelligence is the Holy Grail, allowing machines to converse more naturally with humans.

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