Artificial intelligence certainly isn’t a new concept, but as some have pointed out in the days since IBM’s Watson computer skunked two expert trivia contestants on Jeopardy, there just wasn’t any money in it. As the digital age advances, however, intelligent search is becoming a marketable product.
The IBM Jeopardy approach has to do with answering questions from unstructured textual data — with such potential applications as mining medical documents or patents, or doing ediscovery in litigation.
Others have pointed out applications in gaming, and IBM has pointed to online helpdesk and tourism applications. Digital Power Capital’s Mark Mills declared Watson the beginning of the next “great cycle in computing.” But referencing Trevor Pinch’s post, Mills said the technology isn’t quite there yet.