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IBM_Research_thumbnail_12.11.2013You can help design this world of the future—where machines learn, reason and interact with people in ways that are more natural to us. As a scientist, an engineer, a marketer, or an entrepreneur, your skills and ideas will be essential for inventing the new era. For consumers of technology, social networking gives you a seat at the table where the future is being designed. Your voices will shape the thinking of technologists and the services they offer to you. This year’s 5 in 5 predictions of innovations that will help transform your world is just a taste of what is to come.

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To stimulate the conversation between technology creator and consumer, we’re calling on readers to suggest their own novel and perhaps even earth-shifting ideas for putting cognitive systems to work on everybody’s behalf. If you have an idea that gets you jazzed, please submit it as a comment at the end of this blog post. We’ll review the comments and highlight the best of them in future posts. The people with the most intriguing ideas get free Watson T-Shirts!


To learn more about the new era of computing, read Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing.   

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Watson could be a “personalized” teacher for kids, or Watson could be the teacher for children in far away locations in third world countries where there is no possibilty or resources to have assigned or certified teachers. Children could ask questions to Watson, or Watson could be the “assistant” of a person that is not a teacher but that wants the children in his or her community to have proper education and information….
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It would be great if Watson could predict what sickness or pain are we going to suffer in the future according to the info we provide of our daily routine, habits, eating habits, exercise per week, etc.
That way we could modify bad things we are doing right now or even prevent the sickness

Posted by: Natalia
February 6, 2014
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Watson Verify would be a great tool that can verify selected text for accuracy. It can use its confidence weights to produce a percentage of confidence number that a reader can use. Imagine how useful it would be for wikipedia, twitter posts, forum posts. It can also be used to determine originality of content. I can see it being built in server side; instead of showing you “likes”, it can tell you likelihood of accuracy.

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February 5, 2014
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scientists, engineers in their daily jobs , to prepare publications or patents in more efficient way.
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Furthermore it would be able for sorting, data mining, and make evaulation or analysis based on their findings.
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Area: Scientific research, basic research, applied research, subject oriented research

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February 2, 2014
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What if we let IBM’s Watson act as the Operating System in ‘Her’ (2014, starring Joaquin Phoenix). However, instead of Watson forming romantic relations with humans, it could help them improve their everyday lives.
Humanity searches constantly for ways to improve itself, so why not let Watson answer the difficult questions in life: ‘How can I reduce my energy consumption?’, ‘How can I write a book about the meaning of life?’, ‘How can I explore distant galaxies?’. Individual interaction with Watson would allow each user to improve their lives in meaningful ways.
This could not only improve the world as a whole but also enlighten and stimulate self-discovery and action for the greater good.

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January 28, 2014
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Help configure and better train my brain so the brain catergorizes better with better recall. Set queues for proper methods to keep physical strength and stamina in balance and establish sets of the brain for operators to perform effectively in keeping to schedules while serving elderly memory changes and not damping short term and long term recall. Setting a portion of the brain to retain experiences, daily past, family genealogy, and create organized brain function, synaptic and dendrite, to build smaller more efficient neural networks to establish the various home medical requirement’s and even advanced skill training for surgical aptitude and safe storage of mental assignment. Train the brain in case it suffers a concussion then the inner workings can do a reboot and heal, while doing so even seal off the effected area to prevent further damage while progressive restoration is in queue.

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Watson – A world of possibilities

Watson will become the default standard with how we communicating with each other and the instrumented world in which we live. The concept of the smarter planet will ring true if Watson can achieve this pure convergence towards a singularity. How we live will be informed by how we interact with Watson.

If I want to catch a cab to work, Watson can inform me on which street to stand based on available cabs and then inform the cab driver which route to follow or maybe if the subway is a better alternative.

If I am displaying signs of a particular medical condition, Watson can, with a reasonable degree of accurately, identify the sickness and recommend medical professionals in the area, book the consultation based on my availability for the day/week and inform my health insurance and wife if need be.

Watson can inform me of any energy pricing signals sent for the day, automate my home electronics to optimize my energy consumption and minimize my bill as well as help the energy utility to balance their demand more efficiently. It can even predict electrical plant failure, put contingency plans into place, check if the equipment is in store, dispatch field crew to rectify the situation, inform the customers and business of the planned outage in the area thus minimizing the impact of the maintenance to be carried out and protecting the environment in the process all while the systems operator makes a cup of tea. Reducing the impact of planned and unplanned outages to an economy can only add to the success of a country as a whole thus making Watson instrumental to the success of world markets.

Unifying the transport, health, utilities, financial sectors in the economy are just examples of how a single cognitive intelligence like Watson can serve as an enabler inorchestrating every aspect of human life on planet earth and the universe for that matter.

Watson may even discover new galaxies, and suitable planets far faster than ever thought possible thus making the search for ET a reality in the next few generations. It may even pilot space craft and plot a course to these distant galaxies. Due to Watsons intuitive ability to understand not just languages but also mathematics, Watson may one day be Earths unlikely ambassador to alien life forms in the farthest reaches of space, a testimony to what greatness man has achieved in his search to discover himself.

Posted by: Dan Panday
January 28, 2014
10:03 am

Watson as a judge?
Could we have Watson propose decisions on legal cases, like commercial dispute?

On the other hand, Watson could be use by Legal firms to prepare their cases with best approach.

Posted by: Marc Thibeault
January 26, 2014
8:02 am

Using Watson to predict services-based business models can unlock new business opportunities, that today companies do not dare to venture into. A service system can be difficult to predict financially. A real-time simulation, analytical and decision support platform based on Watson can help businesses determine the need fulfillment potential and the potential up-side in a new service development or innovation.

Posted by: Karen Vlugt
January 22, 2014
10:44 am

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CPOE for even the best designed system is a nightmare causing Doctors to waste precious time on data entry. On a paper system this used to take the Doctor a couple of minutes, now it takes 20 minutes or more depending on the complexity of the patient. The current solution is order sets that represent a large segment of what you might order for a patient. What would be better is Watson taking pertinent information from the patient’s EHR and providing a proposed order set that the Physician could then approve individually. When completed Watson would provide the orders back to the EHR software and provide a PDF of the Watson-Doctor interaction that would become part of the patient record as well.

Posted by: Tom McGuire
January 22, 2014
10:36 am

Watson as a better search engine. When I google a technical (mainly software related topic) I get back a ton of spam sites that feature software downloads. These sights have no actual content just “free downloads” Watson could index the web preread a small portion of the sites a web crawler indexs and learn to recognize decent content from the chaff. Thorough an better designed search page I could tell Watson which sites are worthwile or black list garbage sites entirely. I don’t expect Watson to get rid of advertising but I do expect it to get rid of the marketing sites that jury rig their references so they get top billing. That could speed up searches immensely.

Posted by: Tom McGuire
January 21, 2014
8:57 am

Watson could write DRC code based on the design manual and ask relevant questions when clarity is needed. Better yet, Watson could analyze the process assumptions and write the design rules herself to accelerate technology learning.

There are so many potential applications for Watson in semiconductor manufacturing and chip design. If only Watson could be accessible to IBM engineers, the possibilities are endless.

Posted by: Angela Johnson
January 20, 2014
4:38 pm

Seems to me the ultimate use for Watson would be to design Watson 2. Today computing is constrained by the classic von Neumann architecture and difficulties in writing massively parallel programs. Can Watson help design methodologies to make Watson even more powerful and fast ?

Posted by: Jez Moss
January 20, 2014
9:49 am

Apply Watson to Project Management & Communication. The biggest challenge facing large dispersed teams is effective, up to date communication. Watson can serve as the man in the middle that is up to date and always available, knows all the answers. The ultimate source of information.

We use various tools each with their flaws in trying to get teams on the same page. Watson can replace email, wikis, and can serve as a tool in responding to common project related questions.

Posted by: Arun Narayanan
January 16, 2014
7:35 pm

Use Watson as a tool for public education (College – K12). As we think in terms of using Watson for Doctors to determine problems with our bodies, Watson could assist teachers in determining the best approach in how to help students reach their full potential in their daily classes. Today teachers are having to deal with different types of students and their learning capabilities which change everyday. In addition to helping current teachers it would provide better tools for the education of new teachers to better prepare them for their first jobs. This could be a way to have open communication and bring together a system that seems to be separated into many different groupings. Education is related to everything we do and how we interact with each other. If we don’t work with it early on we will be doom to live the results later on.

Posted by: Tom Frasure
January 16, 2014
2:35 pm

I would like to suggest using the “IBM Watson” cognitive abilities to help IBM to reposition the IBM brand (“mind share”) among K-12 Students.

Since IBM move out from the PC business, IBM’s brand name recognition with kids in grades K-12 grades has been diminishing. I do participate actively as a volunteer on my kids schools, and have been able to sense it first hand.

If IBM could open Watson’s Technology via the web to Kids in Primary and Secondary school it has the potential again the IBM brand front and center in the minds of the kids, just like Apple , Google and Microsoft are.

IBM could provide them with a vehicle to ask different type of questions related to the subjects they are being exposed in their respective school years and perhaps just start with the Watson/Jeopardy data/info .

Kids will be motivated to ask questions via voice or a written interface and with the appropriate branding on the Web interface , IBM brand could again become very familiar to them .

Posted by: Tomas Escobar
January 16, 2014
2:12 pm

To me Watson could be used to predict average/standard humam behavior. There are several usages of those prediction. One would be on how we drive and the most common accidents a road has. This technique could be used when designing new roads.
This prediction technique could also be used to predict behavior on emergencies and design better emergency handling protocols and buildings. Even on economic matters, the standard consumer behavior could be predicted and help governaments deliver better macro economic measures for handling crisis.

Posted by: Paulo Henrique Paulin
January 16, 2014
10:01 am

How about applying Watson to environmental challenges such as addressing the effects and limiting the impact of climate change? Perhaps there’s even the opportunity for Watson in the green energy space bringing it to where it is technically and commercially viable in massive scale.

Posted by: Bryan Ingram
January 16, 2014
9:58 am

Help our governments hear the people!
One of the biggest inefficiencies of democracy is our inability to tap the consciousness of the voters (at least not until election day). But what if a Senator had a Watson powered app which could aggregate online opinions from social sites like twitter and facebook, from online news feeds and comments on news articles. A huge unstructured data set is generated every day consisting of people’s opinions and comments. Being able to locate and aggregate these into a meaningful answer could very realistically change the nature of government and empower our leaders to directly tap into our nations will. Not to mention the same type of app could be used by almost any industry to monitor opinions from fashion to corporate image.

Posted by: Omer Neumeier
January 16, 2014
8:40 am

Watson looks incredibly promising – it’s like Science Fiction, but today.

My 2cts :

1 – “What’s his name… you know this actor who played in this Ed Wood movie, with zombies and flying saucers ?”

Watson could be the “vague request” wizard saving the life of so many absent minded people :)

2 – more seriously, I’m working in Service Management area and watching the Tablet used by medicine students to determine illness causes from symptoms, I could only imagine how helpful it would be for people working in Incident, Problem and Change management to get instant view of IPC history, Customer environment details, risks, root causes, failures, impacts, all sustained by proofs and references… without getting lost among WIns, customer specifics and documentation.
A huge part of our work consists in taking the right decision in limited amount of time – we could use the help of an AI from the future :)

Posted by: Nicolas Bitaudeau
January 15, 2014
5:40 pm

Idea #1: Using Watson’s power do deeply analyze documents and provide natural language replies, I would like to suggest Watson analyze the trove of information written about software itself. To do this right, Watson would not only need to comprehend the natural language within those documents, but reduce the algorithms to a common pseudo-code. Doing natural language Q&A against this database could let Watson create its own algorithms to solve new types of problems. Ultimately as Watson builds upon prior answers, it could speed up our ability to apply Watson in many of the new areas already mentioned by others. It would also be informative to have Watson apply its database to look for matching patterns in existing systems to (for example) improve the security of a network. I look forward toward participating if IBM chooses this direction. With Watson’s help, the world is about to change (again)!

Idea #2: Have Watson use a database of country/government facts, then “listen” to the live political speeches during campaign season. With Watson’s help it could provide a live feed of ‘fact checks’ as a scroll below a TV image of candidates as they make comments. I would think millions would tune in to a ‘Watson channel’ such as this. Doing this would be illuminating since the supporting facts would not lie. Money to support this endeavor could come from the campaigns themselves as protection from outlandish comments from others. With Watson’s help, the world is about to change (again)!

Posted by: Frank Canova
January 15, 2014
12:35 pm

Toward Solving the Epilepsy Continuum
Epilepsy is a disorder that affects millions of people globally. The disorder itself can range from simple forms that require little to no treatment to catastrophic forms that do not respond to treatment and account for significant health, economic and social challenges for the children and their families. The number of children that succumb to these catastrophic forms of epilepsy are on the scale of the number of women succumbing to breast cancer. Yet, little is know about how to effectively treat epilepsy and less is known about the underlying genetics. As more information is discovered surrounding epilepsy and the genetics of epilepsy the greater the number of questions that are raised. More importantly, the number of connections to other disorders are appearing. Studies have suggested connections between epilepsy and heart conditions, the immune system and of course autism, to name a few. Watson could be used to scour the literature from the past 20 years, determine the connections between epilepsy and other conditions and provide an informed analysis and provide potential pathways forward. This type of analysis is essentially part of a systems level approach to human conditions focussed on a distinct disorder. Yet the results could provide a wealth of data and a platform for similar work discovering connections between additional conditions. The longer term will accelerate the reduction in disease and medical disorders around the world and provide for significant economic benefits as well. Finally, medical research is normally conducted in a siloed, discipline specific approach looking at specific diseases or disorders and sub-branches thereof. This approach would herald in a new ecosystem approach to medical research, diagnostics, treatment and care.

Posted by: Carl Weatherell
January 14, 2014
8:14 am

I can envision Watson enabling seismologists to actually predict earthquakes – their locations, magnitudes, areas that will likely be affected, and extent to which the people living in those areas will be affected. I also think that accuracy in predictions of other natural disasters, like tornadoes or hurricanes, could dramatically increase by using Watson. I’m sure that Watson could take the “computer models” being used today for these types of things to the next level. Adding the creation of a free smartphone app and text messaging system that would give anyone insight into Watson’s predictions as they are being made could be a life-saving addition to our existing warning systems.

Posted by: Laura Lyons
January 14, 2014
7:45 am

This is fascinating and good news;A technology as powerful as Watson has endless possibilities but most important.
-have Watson help to get our environment better by regulating the traffic and minimize jams so we have less pollution.
-have Watson help the industry by optimizing the process so we have
less waste and pollution.( example, the refinary industry )

So infrastucture and oil/gas industry would be good opportunity for implementing the technology of Watson.

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January 14, 2014
5:00 am

Watson should help make Sport more clear. Currently mainly in Europe and Asia is many matches (football, hockey, etc.) affected and results are strange. Watson should be the person which will detect too many similar bets for high prices and report it.
We heard that are some tools for it, but Watson with his brain should be the best one for this.

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January 14, 2014
5:00 am


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Posted by: Cristina Cannone
January 14, 2014
3:03 am

Ideas for Watson use:

1. Watson can be used to capture in real time individual’s laptop, mobile or any other smart device hardware usage and should be able to identify its wear and tear
and accurately predict the timeline when the device is likely to fail. That way, an individual can be alerted to take necessary precautionary step before losing out data due
to sudden system crash.

2. Watson can be used to capture a patient’s complete genetic make up and medicines that would suit that genetic make up perfectly. So doctors can then use this to provide a
customized medicine to a patient that would guarantee complete cure as well as no side effects.

3. Watson can be used to capture climatic conditions in real time, detect changes in them by comparing with recent historical data, analyze them and then use that to predict natural disasters and areas that may get affected. So this can be used to evacuate such areas before natural disasters impact life

4. Watson can be used to gather information about wildlife, its population per forest area, identify imbalance and accordingly suggest areas for re-habitation.

5. Watson can be used to store information about criminals, modus operandi used, pattern of crime, their activity pattern on social networks and use that to detect and predict crimes.

6. Watson can be used to capture the monthly, annual earning and spending pattern of every earning individual of a nation. This can be used to do predictive analysis that can be used by businesses to forecast demand, can also be used to identify tax evaders, can be used by Governments to identify gaps in policies that may be impacting the earnings
and can help different stakeholders like individual, businesses, Governments in financial planning to close any imbalances.

Posted by: Amarja Ghanekar
January 13, 2014
6:00 pm

Listening to the launch speakers discussing Watson as a medical advisor, it sounds great, except that each hospital system will decide what goes into its Watson, and if I need a second opinion, I would have to go to a second Watson system, right? How can we make sure that people really get health care recommendations and not just disease management recommendations? Will anyone fund a Watson that knows about people who decided to forgo any procedures, changed their lifestyle and diet, and are still alive 10 or 20 years later? And can Watson study what prevents cancer?

Posted by: Jenny Purushotma
January 13, 2014
4:53 pm

We have Smarter Cities and IOC. Perhaps, we can incorporate Watson into cars, utilizing data gathered from the IOC and other driving tools available today to help drivers or even drive for them. We can take road safety to the next level, reducing wait times, accidents, and saving lives!

Posted by: Yutong Dong
January 13, 2014
4:50 pm

Make Watson a add on to Siri / Galaxy and be on every hand held gizmos. Build an apps that may be called “ASK ME CHILD” , which can answer all the interesting questions that children ask parents or grown ups that we usually cannot or need to surf the web for.
Simple things like is Why is Sky blue?
what keeps the salt content in the sea water quite constant even after evaporation or addition of fresh water?
When I asked SIRI , she opens a page that explains but does not speak the answer or Does not explain in detail or For many SIRI says she can look into web for an answer. That does not help a child to learn.
An INTERACTIVE SCIENTIST / EXPLORER / TEACHER / ENCYCLOPEDIA in one that will talk back and given an reply. That can explain the different questions with simple terms.

Posted by: Tj
January 13, 2014
4:48 pm

Have WATSON review these “comments and highlight the best of them in future posts.”

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January 13, 2014
3:47 pm

I have recently posted this idea in the Innovation Hub and welcome collaboration. The title is: Scale up medical records system integration for coordinated care. I posted it to the healthcare and earth sciences area. Having watched the Watson Group announcement, as well as, started using the web site to coordinate the care of my elderly father. I think the private Medicare plan Drs and the VA doctors could coordinate better if the information and test sharing could be done and treatment analyzed in Watson. The site has self service and lots of other functions which could be either cloned or rolled out nationally to really make a huge change in our healthcare systems. The analysis and cost reductions would be tremendous. All the tests are duplicated between these two providers.

Posted by: David Harrison
January 13, 2014
2:06 pm

Watson type of product should be developed to transform the current w3-ibm-search engine into a top notch search engine. Results/Technology/Methods/Brain-Storming/Implementations/Lessons-Learned will provide a solid starting point to come up with a new/revolutionary type of Internet search engine which will surpass others currently considered top notch Internet search engines

Posted by: Ursula Gronkiewicz
January 13, 2014
1:28 pm

Being one who works closely with health care, and one who uses health care, I think Watson would be an excellent tool in finding the right provider in regards to insurance and specialties. The task of finding a provider is difficult, especially if you have specific needs. For instance, perhaps we could ask Watson, “I need a behavior specialist for my 12 year old son with ADHD in Dallas, TX, who is in my provider network.” If an insurance company was armed with Watson, they could find the right specialist, in the right region, who accepts the right insurance for this person, and perhaps even give them several options. This would help a lot of people to get what they need in health care quickly and efficiently, and assist us in using our provider coverage in a more easily utilized by the average person

Posted by: Sienna Conner
January 13, 2014
1:22 pm

I would like to see Watson functioning in a similar role as Siri, especially within IBM. For example, we could ask Watson, “Watson, what does the acronym ART-THA stand for?” “Watson, when is the payroll cut off for Jan 30?” “Watson, how do I escalate this Critical Situation?”

Posted by: Susan Ainsworth Finley
January 13, 2014
12:14 pm

I would like to see Watson take a shot at the Shakespeare authorship question. For those unaware, there are theories that the man from Stratford was not the real author of the plays. The alternate author theories primarly center on biographical, educational, & chronological inconsistencies, with Edward de Vere (17th Earl of Oxford) posed as the most likely true author. Give Watson the plays and all the pertinent biographical info, and see what it comes up with! This might be a good publicity stunt & be a entry point for Watson into academic/historical questions.

Posted by: Eric Luczkow
January 13, 2014
11:36 am

My idea for Watson would be the most informed marriage counselor, that would have endless suggestions on how to resolve conflicts and the suggestion of activities that will bring couples closer together. This could also me expanded into Family counseling.

Posted by: Chris Hull
January 13, 2014
10:40 am

I think that success as diagnostic tool could be extended to worldwide exposing Watson capabilities in medical diagnostic area as web services and provide a brilliant doctor, with top medical knowledge, accessible for every hospital en every part of the world as well as medical record for every person in the world. This service can be offered to governments of all countries.

Posted by: Mauricio Ortega
January 13, 2014
10:30 am

I can’t help but think of Watson when I think of the U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA). The myriad of options, comparisons, decisions that have to be made by each American enrolling for personal healthcare is mind-boggling and frustrating.

I can’t help but think how Watson could be leveraged to help make decision making easier, especially for those citizens that have limited knowledge/skill re: computer use, decision making, financial management and healthcare/insurance knowledge.

Posted by: Susan Dravis
January 13, 2014
10:17 am

Use Watson to track down and close down hackers like the group who stole millions of peoples’ information in the US over the holidays. Catch every transaction or phishing email they try to put through and stop them in their tracks. We know what data was stolen – let’s feed it to Watson and see where it takes us.

Posted by: Roberta Gwynn
January 13, 2014
8:56 am

Later this year the people of Scotland will head to the polls to decide whether Scotland should return to being a self governing nation. For many the decision will be based on a bewildering amount of data and opinion. There are clearly reasons for and against independence which will be affected by each individuals interaction with the state. Could we use Watson to draw conclusions on how independence will affect them? What can be more challenging than rationalising a populations voting intentions.

Posted by: Darren Knox
January 13, 2014
2:02 am

IBM WATSON – Customer Kiosk

As Watson has great natural language processing capabilities I would like to have Watson put into public at Airports, railways and bus stations as Customer Kiosk. People can interact put up their queries and get quick answers. No only at transportation terminals but also at places where people have frequent queries at busiest tourist points like museums in cities.


Posted by: Rajesh
January 13, 2014
1:26 am

Watson can greatly enthrall a family on the common house/personal expenses by leveraging the monthly, yearly expenses and optimizing on what needs to be taken care for future spending. This helps a family to plan their expenses early on through past purchase behavior pattern, which includes what was purchased, why was it purchased, expected life of the item, utility of purchase, etc., and only spend where its needed. In the age of tough economy and unpredictable behavior of the market, a comprehensive assessment provided by Watson to a family on their spending behavior will help not only optimize their spend from income, but also do a great deal to the environment in reducing waste. The data will also in turn help retailers close to the neighborhood to stock what is needed at the right time; Just in Period (JIP)

Posted by: Shashidhar K Vittal
January 13, 2014
12:54 am

Charisma (Czech meaning for personality)

What if we could have a small microphone with us, which could be carried along with us every day. This microphone would record everything we talk and save all the data in the form of audio file and this would be stored in cloud storage services/devices. Now these audio files are decrypted into text and data format. After which, using Big Data and Analytics along with the help of Watson, we would be able to analyze the personality of that individual. We could be able to find what a person likes, dislikes, how he/she responds to someone, how much he/she laughs in a day, etc. This could be used in :

1. Healthcare – Organizations can be able to analyze the physical fitness of that person by his/her speech frequency. Similarly, they could get details on blood pressure, heart rate and other health related issues before it could arise. By this, that person would be well aware of any health issue before it arises and can take proper care of himself/herself.

2. Retail – With the help of Big Data and Analytics companies would be able to find out the right product for specific individuals and can promote their products accordingly. They would also be able to customize products basing on customer’s needs. From the customer point of view, he/she would get exactly what they want and within their budget lines.

3. Employment / Careers – Basing on the candidate’s personality type employers would be able to identify exactly those candidates who are fit for the role and the company. This would be helpful for the candidate and the company too, a win win situation for both.

Like wise, there would be many more benefits. If, we could understand the personality types of individuals and use that information for the right mediums, with the help of Big Data and Analytics, organizations in different sectors would be able to identify (rather pin point) their customers and promote their products. Similarly, customers would be able to get exactly what they want and save loads of time money and energy during the course of the day. In short, makes life easy for all.

What is happening here is the individual is carrying the microphone throughout the day and all his/her speech is being recorded as an audio file and stored in a cloud storage service. This audio file is then decrypted into a text and data format. Which would then be analyzed using Big Data Analytics and Watson software tools.

Point to be remembered:

1. Security measures: Individuals could take up an undertaking from these cloud storage service providers that they could choose to which organization in which sector an individual wants to share his data.

2. Microphone compatibility – The microphone should be small enough to be carried without any hassle and should have wifi enable technology and a very high end speech recognition software installed in it along with a high storage capacity or it could straight away send all the audio into a cloud storage file through signals.

Why this is needed and why not a questionnaire or any other assessment format??

This is more authentic than any other form of survey tool in the market. Sometimes when we take surveys or any other sort of assessment we might give away different answer as we think too much of that question we tend to fall prey of giving out something else than what we actually are. Or, it could also be a case of manipulating the answers the way we want it to be.

Posted by: Rajesh Kumar Gundala
January 13, 2014
12:09 am

Watson can help is greatly reducing the variability in any speculative transaction. Like trades in the stocks / real-estate while is made on the basis of complex analysis but it is much more on human speculations. The human speculations do lead people to either follow a bull or a bear market depending on what the ‘herd mentality’ works at that point of time. This speculations have been one of the big reasons for either people making upswing’s which are very high to going bust in one economic cycle. The objective is reduce variability. The questions one has to ask or be able to answer is that, given a choice to buy One Stock given all other parameters the same , will you buy a Consistently inconsistent Stock or a Inconsistently Consistent Stock. Both of which may have different outcomes in the present decision making scenario’s.

Posted by: Yogesh Pandey
January 12, 2014
9:16 am

The students in India are overwhelmed with their studies and course content. A cognitive appliance / technology can help them in an interactive way to learn things in a much better way. This will be a paradigm shift from the regular way of studying and will definitely ignite a lot of interest in studies thereby helping them give the right focus, which they need to give and understand the real fact behind what they are studying.

Posted by: Dipendra Mookherjee
January 12, 2014
9:14 am

We have been doing a lot for the physically disabled. However, their inability to have full access to the wide array of resources available nowadays keeps a lot of intelligent folks on the ground a little away from the real world. This would be a huge opportunity for us to help them with the cognitive appliance / technology to help them be real competitor and give them their due in the society.

Posted by: Dipendra Mookherjee
January 12, 2014
3:22 am

There are two major but related problems facing the growing urban population today. These are ever increasing vehicular traffic and pollution. Cities are becoming smarter by adopting technology to cut travel time and reduce traffic but the impact is not very significant due to heavy investments and time taken in infrastructure required and adoption of new systems ( process, technology etc). Most of us would be comfortable not to use personal cars if there are alternate means of travel which give similar convenience. We can use Watson to collate and anlyse the data on existing traffic patterns, people’s preferences for certain mode of transport, route etc, cost of travel, the impact on environment due to emission,safety ( considering the accidents and related impact). Let me explain, I will take better decision, if I know what would be travel time, expected crowd strength (inconvenience factor), last mile connectivity to my final destination if I use public transport vs traffic congestion, parking availability, travel time, parking fee, component of car maintenance and fuel cost etc if I use my own car. Today, we go by our limited knowledge (perception)of these parameters which are highly dynamic in nature and change every minute of the day.

Secondly for Pollution, we can use Watson to collate and analyse the dynamic parameters contributing to City pollution. This can lead to better taxation on production and consumption of goods /services creating higher pollution. People can also learn about their responsibilities and accountability to environment. For example, today packed food consumption is a major contributor to garbage in cities( nearly 70%)and lots of it uses non bio-degradable material like plastic, thermocol etc. Today, cities do not know the exact source and quantify the contribution of pollution and hence can not tax appropriately.

Watson can help cities to learn from the complex system of traffic and pollution generating components and develop models with least burden to environment while meeting the ever growing needs of todays modern city life.

Posted by: Ashok Joshi
January 11, 2014
6:31 am

Use watson for stem cell research and ” speed up” finding the cure for chronic paralysis. I am a c5 wheelchair user and dont want to run out of time for hope to walk again.
I am vividly following all kinds of stem cell research …; following Wise young, christopher dana reeves foundation news, stem cell inc etc … but all the stem cell researchers are looking at the STEM CELL CUBE as I called it from various angle …. let WATSON pull a weight here :)

Posted by: diana
January 10, 2014
6:48 pm

We all like to eat right and try to minimize the need for drugs to keep us healthy. A major roadblock in achieving that is the time and effort needed to create a menu and find the recipes. It will be great if Watson can help with that. If I tell Watson my daily/weekly caloric needs and dietary parameters, such as (1) the need to keep cholesterol in check / training for a marathon / pregnant (2) vegetarian/vegan/pescetarian/Kosher (3) Mediterranean+/Indian+/Chinese, it should create a weekly menu, find the recipes and create a shopping list.

Posted by: Vasantha Kandasamy
January 10, 2014
5:20 pm

Use Watson in clinical medicine, Physical Therapy, Personal Training, sports, massage, etc. to address pain symptoms. Watson should interface with available EMR and personal data, suggest diagnostic procedures such as PT assessments, and provide treatment and referral options. Pain management is a HUGE market, and expensive. Watson should integrate cost data into all health applications.

Posted by: T. Stephen Cody
January 10, 2014
5:15 pm

Use Watson to make IBM help worth using. IBM help now is an abysmal failure at providing effective solutions to employee technical problems. What stats can we show after this project to demonstrate increased efficiency and effectiveness of employee time and resource?

Posted by: T. Stephen Cody
January 10, 2014
5:13 pm

Use Watson to make W3 query results at least as good as Google search. W3 now is an abysmal failure at providing relevant results at the top of the list, or at all. Until then, who will believe that IBM and Watson are worth the investment of time and resource? What stats can we show after this project to demonstrate increased efficiency and effectiveness of employee time and resource?

Posted by: T. Stephen Cody
January 10, 2014
5:08 pm

Use Watson to help engineers find relevant information about technical issues and what’s been already learned and documented. We keep technical information in a variety of places and it’s not organized in a manner that is easy to find. Watson could help extract related and relevant information that would help engineers solve problems and build on existing knowledge instead of ‘reinventing the wheel”.

Posted by: Ron Warren
January 10, 2014
3:34 pm

Get Watson into the online K-12 education market, to assist in identifying (via predictive analytics) learning materials customized to each individual student’s ability such that when viewed across a large population of students, all of them are working toward identical achievement. Watson could be given a particular goal for all students to reach and then can monitor each individual student’s path and progress, modifying learning materials presented in order to keep the student focused on reaching the common goal.

Posted by: J. Tate
January 10, 2014
2:04 pm

My daughter recently suffered an injury to her brain due to a misdiagnosis by several doctors. She was told she had a with tumor three years ago, but was told it was not growing. What she had was a MRSA infection in her brain stem. I have two suggestions, put Watson to work on gathering all the data on MRSA and how to eradicate permanently. The other is to gather, analysis all information on brain development and rehabilitation and define the best ways to help people impacted by brain injuries/trama/infections recover and lead a full normal life. I like you to have it done by tomorrow. (realistically I know it’s not possible for tomorrow, but start now an build the knowledge and information to bring medicine out of it’s toddler years.)

Posted by: Karen Curd
January 10, 2014
1:34 pm

The global engineering workforce is aging and the numbers of young people pursing technical educations is shrinking. The vast technical knowledge base of technical expertise is reducing over time; knowledge that can be used to develop future technologies and innovation for the next generation of highly engineered products.

Apply Watson capabilities to the vast technical knowledge available in electrical, mechanical, software and system engineering provide decision support capabilities to new and developing engineers in order to learn from previous experience. Send Watson to engineering school to become the Chief Engineer for future engineers.

Posted by: John Arnold
January 10, 2014
1:04 pm

What about using Watson to help identify and customize training and education based on the clients/students need, current level of knowledge and learning style? Not only for corporations such as IBM, but also for universities that are now offering more and more training as e-learning.

Think about an IBM client who could ask Watson for ‘help’ implementing IBM Integration Bus security, for example. Watson could then come back with ‘Integration Bus security’ requires knowing WebSphere MQ security. Do you already know how to implement MQ security?’ If the client answers ‘no’, Watson could then present the client with different types of training such as a Redbook, a utube video, a tutorial, or a training module. The client could pick based on their preferred learning style (visual, physical, auditory). As developer’s of content, we could also get feedback on the (1) the effectiveness of the content (2) the demand for specific content and (3) topics that need more or different types of content

Just-in-time, custom training!

Posted by: Sharon Watts
January 10, 2014
12:50 pm

I am firm believer doing things efficiently. IT consultant has to face a number of challenges at the customer site. Making sure customer satisfaction is achieved its most important to fix knows technical issues quickly. The problem that keeps most consultants awake is unknown IBM product problem appeared in the system. The possible solution can be found using Google’s search or opening a PMR. The confidence level of Google’s search result squarely depended on information provided typed. The PMR team requires all the logs before providing any solution, which can take almost weeks. It would be great if Watson’s technology can be used to calculate the best answer of know IBM product problems. This would give every IBM consultant extra weapon when going on onsite. This would allow to track down known problems and may be used as a feedback mechanism to the development team.

Posted by: HS
January 10, 2014
12:17 pm

Great list of ideas, at the end everything can be Watsonized !
I do hope one day to predict my health path and the actions that I’ve to take to prevent critical health issues for the next 10 years: watch out this, take those medical tests, change to a less-humid area, … based on my medical files, my dna, my behavior, my style of life, other patients history data, geo-loc and health patterns.

Posted by: Mohammed Loukili
January 10, 2014
11:16 am

Use Watson to detect internet scams. Watson can track down and identify the scammer(s), notify law enforcement, and provide evidence to prosecutors, schedule trials, schedule juror(s), and project jail requirements to jail administrators.

Posted by: John Pivnichny
January 10, 2014
11:07 am

Use Watson to analyze internet traffic to track down and stop Child pornography. We use humans to look through the information today and that is a slow process which allows the abuse to continue. Watson could cut this time down significantly and provide an unimaginably positive result for the entire planet. It will never stop until we apply serious technology to the problem.

Posted by: Dan Jones
January 10, 2014
10:38 am

I think we could use Watson to perform Due Diligence on a prospective client’s I/T environment in support of new Strategic Outsourcing (SO) or Cloud deals. Watson could have a standard set of questions to interview key client personnel to gather information about their technical environment (number of servers, amount of storage, netwok connections etc) AND to glean insights into their I/T process. Watson could interview a client’s CIO to understand their I/T and business pain points, weaknesses in their existing I/T support processes, and other areas that are crucial to the client. Watson could start with a standard set of due dliigence questions, then ask follow on questions based on the responses. From the client knowledge that Watson captures, we could then tailor a solution to address the client’s critical business priorites. As more and more clients are interviewed, the knowledge base of I/T environments and solutions will grow, which will allow us to better tailor solutions. This would all have to be done in a way that would address client confidentiality conserns, but I think Watson could be a valuable tool to collect Due Diligence data. I think our clients would thinks it’s pretty cool too.

Posted by: Tim Ferrall
January 10, 2014
10:23 am

What about using Watson to somehow track GPS devices and coordinates for hill walkers and climbers while out on the hills. That way if anyone gets lost, especially in snow, they can be tracked by mountain rescue. Also Watson could use the information where people get lost to warn other climbers.

Posted by: Joe Sheridan
January 10, 2014
10:07 am

Have Watson handle automatic re-booking for airlines when people’s flights get cancelled, delayed etc and any other processes that are unhelpful to travelers (i.e. help desks and call centers). I’ve been automatically re-booked and instead found better flights when at take-off have empty seats available on an “over booked” flight. So there are people stranded in the airport when there are availabilities that the system screwed up. This is a huge challenge for airlines because there are so many variables involved; weather, plane availability, flight times, and people.

Posted by: Stephen Cprek
January 10, 2014
9:58 am

Watson could do quadruple patterning so that we wouldn’t need the EUV tool

Posted by: Angela Johnson
January 10, 2014
8:54 am

Or let´s use him (or it?) for genealogy – “Watson my friend, which famous forefathers do I have”

Posted by: Sascha Johannes
January 10, 2014
8:48 am

Let´s use Watson for our own product management processes, especially in the early phase of demand assessment and product development. With our new colleague called Watson, it would be much easier to gather and consider all relevant data and information for product development – customer demand per country, available resources within the countries, different legal requirements, marketable prices within a region/country, local cost rates, etc.. Especially in the era of cloud we had to learn over the last few years, that for a human resource or team it is very difficult and time consuming to consider all these things in an appropriate level.

Posted by: Sascha Johannes
January 10, 2014
7:40 am

There are thousands of research going on around the world. We are feeding data to mathematical and statistical models and generating answers for the research question. In this regard, researchers are using various software products, some of which are from IBM like SPSS. If we can build a cloud services for Watson that can be used by researchers, and Watson can can be equipped by research methods to generate the answers, not only it will be a tremendous breakthrough in education and research, Watson will also continuously learn from the ongoing research and be able to provide social, business, medical and scientific decisions to the problems that we face.

Posted by: Santanu Mukherjee
January 10, 2014
7:21 am

How about a Watson adviser for IBM sellers? Instead of sellers having to dig through many sources, internally and externally, they could tell Watson the basic prospect info, such as company name, contacts, department, pain point, etc. Then, Watson would mine data from social sites, industry data including hot topics and recurring pain points, relevant media articles, prospect company data, successful sales in IBM that were similar, competitive info, relevant winwires published internally, references, champions within the prospect company they may not know about, a list of all other IBMers who have had contact with the prospect, any service issues if the prospect is also a former or current client, what the contacts within the company like and their family info (possibly from social sites), relevant IBM solutions info and how we differentiate, etc. All of this could be provided in a report which the seller can use as a basis at the beginning of the sales cycle, and Watson can advise further within the sales cycle. I’m not a seller, so I’m sure sellers would have lots more ideas about how it could help them.

Posted by: Harry Gard
January 10, 2014
7:03 am

All through, there is enormous hope for Watson to prove tremendously beneficial to healthcare. Might be, the possibilities are immense for diseases, which are currently just being managed rather than cured like muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s etc. which leave people dependent and prone to damage. By being able to process lot of data simultaneously and predict based on historical evidences as well as current situations of patients, they can lend safe walking and navigation of the people with endless possibilities. Also, simulation of effect of multiple drugs and ability to question back as to the cause and predict multiple solutions with best solution, can lead to a better life for such patients who are more left to sustain on their will-power rather than a decent life. How this can be done at ground level to benefit mankind at extremely negligible or no cost to provide equal footing to all for success in life. Going through the notes, it seems combination of genetics, behavior and various other parameters together can achieve this. But we want to see it happen soon to have a better disease free planet: more so, these should be inexpensive/affordable/free to all.

Posted by: Niraj Saraiya
January 10, 2014
6:41 am

Watson could be used to predict when the Power Grid will go down and get the Power Distribution Companies to take early action. Watson could monitor parameters like weather (stormy weather implies trees being uprooted causing possible shorting of overhead power lines or transformers), existing grid loads, fluctuations in power (voltage, frequency, current), and other suitable parameters to predict outage and then automatically switch to another source of power (another DistCo on another power line) and/or warn industrial users and consumers to switch to alternate source of power like generators. This would ensure minimal grid failures and loss of productivity.

Posted by: Soumya Choudhury
January 10, 2014
6:22 am

Well, not only at IBM, tons of information resides in Redbooks, Whitepapers, technical documents, knowlegde bases etc. Many people like Technicians, Sales, Consultants, help desk staff members, etc. are looking for answers to their (sometimes complex) questions and spend hours to crawl through the various sources. More or less successful. Why not loading all those information into Watson and let him find the answers or maybe complete solutions ?

Posted by: Gottfried Rotter
January 10, 2014
5:31 am

a) use Watson internally at IBM to … clean up our own data. Customer names and addresses, for instance (I work on CCMS). If Watson could do that for our data, that data clean up process could be a product / service offering. Big Data today is full of junk, but would be more valuable if it was Big Accurate Data.

b) Teach English! There are hundreds of Millions of people wanting to learn better English. Watson should be teaching them all, $1/ month (first 3 months free?), improving their speaking, reading, writing, and accents.
Plus, Watson should be learning itself how to understand the student’s particular accents and phrases, so when they use a smartfone to talk to Watson, they’ll be talking natural language, not texting it.

Posted by: Tom Grey
January 10, 2014
5:25 am

How about Detective Watson, the world’s best crime fighter!! It strikes me that Big Data is something that all the police forces around the world must wrestle with constantly and while high profile serial criminals get the attention I would say that in reality this barely affects the average person. What does impact them is the vast amount of petty crime eg burglaries, damage, car theft, etc that, according to the press, has low or no detection rates because police forces do not have the enormous resources necessary to tackle effectively. I can imagine, having twice been the victim of a home burglary, that Watson could assist in finding patterns, profiling people, assessing likely suspects, etc which must be so massive a task using current technology.

Posted by: Steve Bushnell
January 10, 2014
3:53 am

Use it for Bioinformatics research. There is a lot of data, which need to be analyzed, and the deeper understanding of that field, could give us answer to the most needed question about life and it’s protection.

Posted by: Nerijus
January 10, 2014
3:37 am

Here are 8 ideas off the top of my head

- Help coaches/managers of professional sports teams to manage their squads and make team selections for games day by comparing expected playing conditions (e.g. predicted weather and the type of playing surface) with recent players performances in similar conditions, while also analyzing recent playing/training time vs rest periods, the player’s performance in training, their health/fitness (e.g. recent injuries or other complaints) .

- Help people looking to buy a home to select which city/area best matches their needs – comparing local amenities, commute to work, schools & universities, proximity to hospitals, etc. Similar ot travel example presented yesterday.

- Help tourist offices/cities target their advertising campaigns – in which countries, which media to use – by analyzing predicted weather for each season, flight schedules by airline/country of origin, flight ticket purchase method, average age of recent visitors.

- Allow local governments to predict the most cost-effective routes for road gritter and snow ploughs to use in winter by tracking weather, road usage/traffic patterns.
It could also be used for planning essential maintenance to important traffic junctions such as bridges in order to minimize the inconvenience to the local community.

- Improve city planning by looking at the local area – topography, climate, already existing infrastructure, population growth patterns, income levels – in order to predict which new facilities/amenities/housing will be required and where the best place to construct those facilities might be.

- To help find suitable new habitats for endangered species, in particular those who are threatened by poaching or destruction of their habitat through human behaviour (e.g. deforestation).

- For helping social welfare workers when matching children in foster homes or waiting for adoption with suitable candidates by analyzing the ages of the child and the parents, medical histories, educational background, comparing listed hobbies and interests, any previous foster/adoption history.

- Use Watson to replace the judges on X-Factor and all these other types of shows. In fact, put installations of Watson in each major city so that people can sing/dance for Watson and immediately receive a prediction of their chances of success. Those with a high score can head to talent agencies/record companies and we can get this rubbish off our television screens for good.

Posted by: Lindsay McCurdy
January 10, 2014
3:05 am

I would put Watson on a wearable device in order to help everyone to makes life easier. Watson could help us daily in several ways,

- Extracting and showing information from the internet in its own interface allowing us to ask about things as we would do to an specialist

- Learning our routines, tastes in order to give information totally personalized and relevant information to do plans (Easier ways to get to work, new places to go to eat, music or films to see…)

- Helping us to keep our social lives active remembering and helping you to write people

In summary Watson could be like buddy, helping us to have all internet information in a single and smart interface. Forget about SIRI or Google, Watson its the one that can actually put some tidiness on the internet information and put together our online/offline lifes

Posted by: Pablo Perez
January 10, 2014
1:02 am

It would great if Watson could automate all aspect of the Business & Technical Leadership process which currently is time consuming.

Posted by: V.Suresh Kumar
January 10, 2014
12:43 am

No more Traffic Police?

Vehicles will have devices (feature rich like GPS, sensors etc) connected to Watson, transmitting their location. Traffic Infrastructure [Light location, Lane location, Line Type (one-way, two-way, no-cross etc), Speed Limits etc] is mapped within Watson. Watson would know: 1) If a car jumped a Red Light; 2) Crossed a Line where it was not suppose to; 3) If it crossed Speed Limits etc; it will then automatically notify the Car Driver of the deviation, and may also cut a ticket if the Driver is a serial offender, and will track the status of the offense till closure.

No more Traffic Jams?

Vehicles will have devices (feature rich like GPS, sensors etc) connected to Watson, transmitting their location etc. Smart/Intelligent Traffic Infrastructure [dynamic Traffic Lights, Dynamic Traffic Lanes (that can switch from one-way to two-way etc] will be connected to Watson. Depending upon the density of Vehicle, their moving direction etc, Watson will automatically/dynamically (on the fly, based on most recent information) control the switching/status of Traffic Lights, Traffic Lanes etc.

Posted by: Sudheer R Jarugu
January 9, 2014
9:55 pm

The $1bn invested in Watson combined with the under $50 tablet create a potent combination. One of the avenues that could be explored is primary and secondary education. Children are quick to work their way around the newest technology, though their formal education may lag behind. Watson can be used in assisted learning, guiding children in ways that are most suited to the child in terms they understand. Like adaptive tests, the learning material can be changed to challenge and nurture the child as they continue to grow and change. Watson powered technology could also be used to assess learning or cognitive problems early on. There are already a host of existing technology that is targeted towards education, however very little is tailored as per the individual. Watson can take the structure learning + apply best practices in learning aids + sort through different learning processes + assess natural inclinations of the user + continuously restructure the learning experience.

Posted by: Malavika
January 9, 2014
5:03 pm

Hello My idea of using Watson would be for the online gaming platform. I feel currently it is limited by bandwidth, technology as well as the amount of consumers who are logged into a network such as the PlayStation Network or XBox Live. I know for the PSN (PlayStation Network), the amount of players online at any one given time severely inhibits a smooth online game play. There is subject to more timeouts, disconnects and bad ping requests. Watson would learn the network, reroute the traffic based on need and speed.

Posted by: Don Morrison
January 9, 2014
4:38 pm

My suggestion is to put Watson to work on one of the most complex problems that our race faces, one on which we spend trillions of dollars (poorly) to affect, and one that has a huge amount of anecdotal, parametric, and correlative information readily available – namely, human health. By this I don’t mean bioinformatics, drug discovery, or other compute-intensive work that is already underway using Watson. I mean looking at larger, holistic data sets that have been gathered, both in specific long term scientific studies (e.g. The China Study, The Framingham Heart Study, etc.), and in less structured ways (findings from individual doctor / patient interactions,…) to find statistically relevant cause/effect relationships from among the thousands and thousands of correlations that can be discerned. In this type of study humans in their ecosystems would be treated as “black boxes” and perhaps more accurate relationships between behavior (nutrition, exercise, environmental factors, etc) and outcomes (lack of disease, life span) would be found.

This is essentially an opposite, and equally important, approach to understanding how to increase human health and decrease disease than the typical approach of isolating causes and effects (like testing the effects of Vitamin E on heart health) within a system that is much too complex for us to model – that is, the human body interacting in a ecosystem.

This is an example of a problem area that science is forced to approach in a reductionist manner because of the overwhelming complexity of the system, and therefore one that could be amenable to a holistic, data mining approach.

Posted by: Neil Gerber
January 9, 2014
4:34 pm

How about using Watson to diagnose automobile problems. Watson could learn by reading all the on-line auto forums, etc. Then when your car breaks down you could pay $5 to log on and enter the symptoms. Watson would ask you a few questions, as needed, then it would tell you what is wrong and how to fix it.

Posted by: Mark Fredrickson
January 9, 2014
3:54 pm

Many earth sized planets in habitable distance ranges from their sun are being discovered in other solar systems. Most are hundreds of light years from earth so determining if life exists on these planets will require a profound change in our thinking. Plus massive data analysis of all the data from Kepler to maybe find some way to read a signature of life or intelligent life. Wouldn’t it be great if IBM discovers life on another planet?

Posted by: Garry Moore
January 9, 2014
3:03 pm

Watson could be used to predict the outcome of various sport matches. We could make some money if people started to pay for Fantasy predictions.

Posted by: Chris Austen
January 9, 2014
3:02 pm

Watson could help find the right healthcare plan match in the US. Choosing from a wide assortment of plans can be very confusing for some. Watson would know the existing DRs I am already using and then could figure out the based on history the right plan.

Posted by: Chris Austen
January 9, 2014
2:55 pm

Build a IBMWatson apps for Smartphone, so that it can be downloaded and used for answering our queries.

Posted by: Mohan Srinivasan
January 9, 2014
1:28 pm

I spend a lot of time traveling by car. What I would love to see Watson help with is being able to get location based information based on what you are looking for, the route you are on, that doesn’t send you backwards. Today if I tell Siri that I’m hungry, I get a blanket list … no thought to the direction I’m going or what I’m looking for. While there are apps like Gas Buddy that can give me gas prices, there’s nothing to help me with where they are in relation to where I am … how long until I reach the desired one… or have I already passed it. Identifying unique places to visit along the way for a planned stop. While quite simple — very useful in the everyday life.

Posted by: Shari Chiara
January 9, 2014
1:20 pm

I call my idea for WATSON “Smarter Living”. In Germany we usually buy our furniture in shops not online. If you look for something like e.g. a new sofa and only have limited space in your room, this is not that easy, because every furniture manufacturer produces catalogs with sofa parts in different sizes. I would love to have an APP, where I can put my exact space, color, form, max. price … and WATSON will find shops close to me, that have a sample that fits my conditions.

Posted by: Katrin Hagemann
January 9, 2014
1:00 pm

Hi, my idea is to ask Watson what is the best question to ask for Watson?

Posted by: Jose Henrique Cardoso
January 9, 2014
12:14 pm

How about using Watson to work with children with autism to help them learn social cues, better grasp the nuances of language (idiomatic expressions) and to help them “interact” socially? Children on the spectrum often relate better to objects vs. people. Watson could be “My Friend, Watson” — a teaching tool who can help them adapt socially to overcome awkwardness and quirky behaviors.

We could also put Watson to work on analyzing genetic history to determine underlying risks for and causes of autism.

Posted by: Karen Galiger
January 9, 2014
11:47 am

How about Watson as an educator, or thesis advisor? This could result in an educational experience that is tailored to my individual needs, learning style and interests. I see this as taking all the open courseware and sites like Khan academy to the next level. Watson could act not only as an advisor, but as an interactive assistant that would help me focus on the information that is of most use to me at my current point along my educational path.

Posted by: John Lyons
January 9, 2014
11:20 am

We have to find ways to increase the adoption of this technology. A free Mobile version of ‘Watson – Jeopardy’, ‘Watson – Health care’ should be put in the App stores. This will have very limited functionality but will increase the adoption of the technology for entertainment or serious work which is critical.

Pure play consumer/enterpise is blurry now and Watson will be more main stream when consumers start using it.

Posted by: Ram
January 9, 2014
10:17 am

Suggest taking a glance at the Economist Magazine, October 2013. Indicates that scientific research (generally but especially in life sciences) as practices in many universities is poor at identifying which original research is high quality (replicable etc) and which is poor quality.
This has the effect that enterprises who rely on it (in the case of life sciences this is pharmaceutical companies, insurers and public health bodies who pay for drugs) waste vast amounts of money investing in clinical practices, courses of treatment that many not / won’t work.
Could we use Watson’s statistical analytical services to parse researcher’s original data (As A Service) to identify which research theses are borne out by the data and which aren’t – early in the research process and BEFORE peer review?

We could sell this As A Service to the pubic and private enterprises above. Economist article linked here:

Posted by: Stephen Moffatt
January 9, 2014
9:44 am

How about putting watson to work on getting a cure for cancer?

Posted by: Charlie Soto
January 9, 2014
9:40 am

My idea is to put Watson to analyze all of our IBMers ideas. Everybody has ideas, I would like to have a very easy and quick way to register my idea at any time .It could be an app in my smartphone or just open a sametime chat window and tell my idea like if I was telling it to a friend. In this case, the friend would be Watson and “he” would be hearing to all IBMers ideas at any time. Watson would them be able to find similar ideas from very different people or maybe cross ideas that looks very different and create new ones or maybe just improve some ideas. In other words Watson would aggregate ideas, analyze it, identify the best ones and create new ones based on the collective creativity. It could also help to connect people with similar ideas automatically sending messages like “Hey, you from Brazil, someone in India has an idea similar to yours, do you want to connect with him/her ?”

Posted by: Leandro David
January 9, 2014
9:17 am

My idea was around a post-text version of Watson – What if we could take the data from an electronic stethoscope, train the computer from a library of known cases, and be able to predict potential conditions like heart murmur or perhaps more common, fluid congestion leading to pneumonia. This came up in a discussion with a big innovative American leading company who makes these… I would believe that listening to and interpreting these sounds is very difficult, but perhaps could easily be expanded to remote monitoring using a smartphone add-on

Posted by: Seshu Subbanna
January 9, 2014
8:05 am

Museums could have an app enabling visitors to query about exhibits (allowing for free text) or prepare customized visit with focus on visitor’s fields of interest (determined through interaction).

Posted by: Sylvain Bouchard
January 9, 2014
7:30 am

What if Watson can be a classmate for students inside and outside of school, that when a student is in doubt, they can interact with Watson and help them through homework, studying for a test or simply be that friend when in need of.

Watson can even identify when a child is being bullied and immediately bring awareness to principals, teachers and parents.

Could generate a better scenario than the one seen lately in news.

Posted by: Esteban Quiros Hernandez
January 9, 2014
7:24 am

Can Watson be opened up to potential school kids and promote the cause of chess in the United States? Can this be used to train and prepare world class champions either as a free service or as a service for a fee?

Posted by: Rajkumar V Iyer
January 9, 2014
5:02 am

My idea is to use WATSON’s potential assisting a widely open application that creates means of digital democracy. As in my country Switzerland where I was born, citizens make use of raising hand to vote and to decide public questions and local elections, so would be the idea to apply big data for simple concerns of the very day by day life in public administration, making use of the citizens statements, to directly influence the efficiency of the public services. How would that work from a computer based perspective? The application proposed should listen to posts sent by mobile devices, to read SMS, to receive voice based phone calls or even to collect social media posts, reading and understanding in natural language, collecting every statement in a big data space and running constant analytics to pinpoint critical issues like: a raffic jam, like a queue in the hospital, like missing garbage collection in suburb, or a request to fetch recyclable materials in an already full container. Indeed whatever type of complaints or concerns is accepted and analyzed by the machine intelligence, generating actions (reactions) based on a queue triage and tasks to be executed immediately by the public administration. Its a step to an digitally assisted democracy.

Posted by: Claude Falbriard
January 9, 2014
4:29 am


The idea behind this possible project was taken from the Sci-Fi Hollywood Films showcasing robots who can THINK and FEEL like human beings. A project that will create a humanoid that could possibly create a prototype of a “baby watson”.

The artificial intelligence of this “baby watson” will be taken from the knowledge-base of Watson that continually improves. Patterns from these can be used to create sequence of possible stimulus that in the long run will result to a human-like feelings. Age can be incorporated in a different manner. And this prototype can be used to create more and more “babies”.

It entails a supercomputer to create a human being. This crazy idea will also lead us to more innovative results that can be used for medicine, psychology, human behavior, science, etc.

Posted by: Arman John O Jison
January 9, 2014
4:19 am

My idea is that Watson could be used as a proxy between employees/people and their managers/government. Be it in a company or politics Watson could be used to spread managers/politicians reason and ideas to the masses and the opinions of the masses can easily be accessed through Watson on demand.

Posted by: Marcus Andersson
January 9, 2014
2:49 am

Maybe a joint project with an online teaching service like Khan Academy

This can help move this type of venture from a frontal teaching (albeit self paced) approach, to a fully interactive experience from the student perspective.

the way I see it (oversimplified most likely..) is having Watson backseat sessions with live coaches for a period of time can serve as the training experience for it.

Posted by: Ron Peleg
January 9, 2014
2:39 am

Watson can be used for helping visibly or physically challenged or hearing impaired people by guiding them in directions , helping them in decision making , even helping them analyzing situation and could even help them in career building or just helping them in daily activities.
Watson could became there friend in need…which would be there with them helping at every point..:)

Posted by: Komal Verma
January 9, 2014
2:00 am

Let Watson, help people to diagnose health problems or diseases. In developing nations like India, Medical field has been commercialized. Because of this a common man keeps running behind doctors for diagnosis. At the same time Doctors also expect the patient to visit them several times so that they will make more money. I have heard of lot of cases where patients commit suicide without getting their health issues solved becos of the wrong diagnosis or no diagnosis at all.

So a tool should help in such a way that based on the symptoms a patient should get an overview on what is he suffering from, and which doctor to meet, also validate whether doctor has really diagnosed the disease or not. Further the tool should be integrated with the Interactions of medicine with other drugs and food items.

Posted by: vijayakumar narayanappa
January 9, 2014
12:33 am

IBM Watson technology as a digital companion for differently-able people–helping them to interact with other people and to navigate life with more ease & successfully.

Posted by: Abhinav Mishra
January 8, 2014
11:20 pm

I think a really good thing to apply Watson to is Smarter Transportation in Smarter Cities. Congestion is a huge issue in most large cities. Traffic and people movement is a real-time phenomenon. Put Watson in to watch over the traffic flow rates and density (loop sensors), pedestrian traffic at trains, exit and entry gates, and give realtime advice as to what is the best way to go to waork, and when to leave home/work to start your journey in order to minimise your travel time, saving dollars, time, precious resources.
Ask Watson to advise the most sensible strategies for infrstructure planning and investment for road and rail looking to the future.

Posted by: Mark Feldman
January 8, 2014
8:37 pm

There is so much social computing across the world and what could be more authentic forum to get a true feedback which is directly from the masses. Every company, celebrity or common man would be interested to know such “self assessment”. Watson can compile all messages, posts, blogs around an individual or an organization over web and make a true SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity and threat) analysis for that individual or organization as perceived by our own people/world whom we belong. At some matured age, this could be like an audit of our own behavior over the years and could provide great insight. This might also be useful to come to know the wrong usage of copy-writes, logo, name or photo…who knows Watson can come up with 7 most similar looking people for oneself.. This self actualization is made possible by just clicking one button on the Watson.

Posted by: Ravindra Kulkarni
January 8, 2014
6:30 pm

I am on the board of directors of a local food bank. We serve an area of 23,106 square miles and last year distributed over 27 million pounds of food. Our mission is broader than just distributing food – “Through education, advocacy, and the acquisition, storage, and distribution of food, we will anticipate and meet the food needs of the hungry in our community.”

The majority of our distribution simple to quantify – both in dollars spent and impact – we can measure the number of “meal equivalents” we distribute and quantify the associated costs. With other programs it is more difficult. We have many education and advocacy programs. For example, we run farmers markets in lower income neighborhoods to provide fresh produce that is generally not available in those areas. We also run a community farm, train people to garden, perform educational outreach to schools along with many other programs. Our intent in the education and advocacy programs is to “train the trainer” and have an indirect impact that extends beyond the individuals we work with directly.

The specific questions for my food bank board would be – (1) What percentage of my budget should I spend on education and advocacy and (2) How do I measure the impact of the latter.

The more general question would relate to a number of different non-profits. The general question is (1) How do you determine the appropriate distribution of funding to programs that include ones with indirect effects?

This is probably determined by several other questions: (1) What is the effect of a each program? (2) If you have a proposal for a new program, how can you predict its effect? (3) How do you quantify the “effect” of various programs against each other?

Why Watson? At least for (2) above – it might be an effective tool to find the “closest similar program” as a guideline for predicted “effect”. It also might be an effective tool for (1) and (3) to determine best measurement and comparison practices.

Posted by: Gregory Kishi
January 8, 2014
5:05 pm


Every day, I spend about 10 minutes at the level crossing, watching the train to pass through. If we have the arrival time of the train at the level crossing, then commuters can change their timings to leave office or home. No one wants to spend time on the road, burning the gas and polluting the atmosphere.

Posted by: manjunath arveti
January 8, 2014
4:02 pm

Use WATSON for our pets health
I posted this idea out on our Innovation Hub. Please click on the promote button if you like it (and then please note that I wear XL tee shirts :-)

Posted by: Kurt Acker
January 8, 2014
3:47 pm

Use Watson to help cab drivers predict where they will be in most demand and where they can make the most money. Watson could use the day of week, time, holidays, weather, event information and other information to make the best estimate. This could also be used with public transportation planning.

Posted by: Louis Kittock
January 8, 2014
2:34 pm

My suggestion for Watson is focused on providing solutions for continuous employment, and all that makes that quest a possibility.

Jobs, careers, occupations, skills assessments, projects, locations, transportation, technologies, salaries, education costs and expenses.

There are so many variables, processes, and databases involved and available in making a relatively simple task so complex these days, its a wonder anyone can find a job.

College students in particular and everyone else beyond their college years often struggle with education, work and career choices. The problem statement spans a lifetime, over and over again.

Just as matching the right question and answer in a timely fashion is essential on any Jeopardy game show, so is the quest for a truly satisfying and rewarding work experience
match delivered simply, in a timely fashion, and with all the associated questions answered, desired by all.

I would agree that there are plenty of digital tools out there, to date, however, I would argue that they all fall flat and lack multidimensional design capabilities to meet
today’s consumer expectations.

The market for such a solution would include academic and commercial businesses, large and small, at a minimum. All suppliers and consumers of skills would pay and benefit from this solution. I would.

Posted by: Glenn Stefanski
January 8, 2014
2:27 pm

I wish that Santa Claus … ops , I would like that Watson enable me to teach a lot in my room alone, to shopping and be happy,alone of course, to be happy when a lot of the money goes in removing individuals fears, to enjoy by smoothly passing through the human destiny / lives and to protect me in the virtual world. Please hurry up-it is burning under our feet.
I look forward to the following 10 of 10.

Posted by: Toba
January 8, 2014
2:18 pm

Teach Watson to write programming languages. She would be a really agile software developer.

Posted by: Angela Johnson
January 8, 2014
1:37 pm

Sorry – forgot to post an article that highlights the social media giants (Google, Amazon, Faceboo, and Twitter) developing their own hiring programs and processes.

Posted by: Al Rivera
January 8, 2014
1:25 pm

Watson’s analytic capability can be put to great use to formulate predictions based on a thorough analysis of social metadata to assist businesses and governments match employment opportunities with potential candidates. Cloud SaaS is a sound business solution, but imagine the enhanced processing capability of Watson with this solution offering a unique service that can be leveraged to really have a positive and lasting solution in the Human Resources world.
Other than SAP, there are very few SaaS solutions that have true HR Enterprise solutions that factor the seven HR functions. Watson’s ability to truly integrated the 7 HR functions (Workforce Planning, Recruitment & Selection, Training & Development, Compensation & Benefits, Performance Management, Quality of Life (Safety & Health), Workforce Retention & Sustainability) into one marketable solution package will enable organizations to capitalize on existing resources, develop a needs assessment for future needs, and can serve as the only Enterprise Talent Management System (ETMS) that offers clients a real Return on Investment (ROI).

Posted by: Al Rivera
January 8, 2014
1:12 pm

I have 2 ideas for Watson – 1. Help with the College choices. Take the data entered on the College apps and then find the best match, with stats and the proposed monetary assistance, etc. . 2. Rather than focusing on the most common diseases – focus on the rare – that’s where we need to build our data and allow for analysis to hopefully find the common source of these acquired diseases and some type of effective treatments. Companies are not going to waste their time investing in rare (1 – 1M) diseases, but if we get enough info a pattern may be established.

Posted by: Laura Castelluccio
January 8, 2014
12:57 pm

Perhaps Watson could help researchers on the Human Connectome Project ( make sense of all the data they collect from MRIs and other tests; perhaps also enable them to collect more data because Watson could be taught to do some of the work. See the New York Times article by James Gorman on 1/6/14 and Charlie Rose episode televised on 1/7/14 for more info.

Posted by: Joan Dunn
January 8, 2014
12:17 pm

Complement the medical clinical diagnostic and treatment information with data from research on alternative medicine, and add cost analysis to clinical decision algorithms.
I would be willing to switch from Storage User Interface documentation to work on this suggestion full-time, since I have an extensive background in acute care information systems and health care cost containment policy.

Posted by: T. Stephen Cody
January 8, 2014
12:02 pm

Watson as Stylist/Personal Shopper. Search for merchandise in any store, any country/language, find clothes that fit your body type, Watson can learn your preferences, pick up on trends, etc, etc, etc.

Posted by: Angela Johnson
January 8, 2014
11:50 am

Allow IBM employees to use it for research. Instead of sifting through IEEE articles, textbooks, team rooms, wikis, etc — WE COULD ASK WATSON!

Posted by: Angela Johnson
January 8, 2014
11:48 am

At IBM’s East Fishkill chip fab, a system like Watson would be very helpful in linking, querying and analyzing large databases. Important information or relationships could be elucidated in cases where they would otherwise be impractical.

As a simple example, consider a situation where wafers are being processed by lithography and metrology equipment within a fab and Watson is interfaced with fab & tool databases.
One day a metrology engineer is contacted by a litho engineer about some anomalous measurements. The metrology engineer investigates and finds these type of wafers have historically been problem free and only recently have shown significant variation. Instead of manually slogging through various systems and databases looking narrowly at lot histories, process changes, tool logs, etc, one could simply ask Watson “Have their been any processing changes to these wafers?” and “Are these measurement values tool specific by any identifiable metric, such as focus grade?”. Such a system would be especially beneficial in deconvolving various wafer affecters (such as ‘experimental’ wafer processing in several unrelated modules or photo layers). In this data mining regime, Watson would have a god’s eye view.

The benefit here is leveraging Watson’s intellect, flexibility, and speed to multiply an engineer’s investigatory capability and efficiency in cases where there are multiple large multidimensional data sets with simple linkages. A single Watson system could be a boon for hundreds of scientists and engineers. This type of utilization clearly has wide applicability.

Posted by: Allan Minns
January 8, 2014
11:47 am

No matter how carefully we do our wash, inevitably we wind up with mismatched pairs of socks. Perhaps Watson could explain ?

Posted by: Christopher Matt
January 8, 2014
10:09 am

Watson could fix a very common issue for turists. People have some diseases and can not eat some food because of specific ingredients which create allergy to them. this can be dramatic. I know individuals who do not travel abroad in some countries because they fear to eat something which can be dangerous for their health. Therefore, Watson could be the “companion” which can answer from your Smartphone when you tell yoy would like to eat this meal in India or Africa or France and you dont know what is “inside”. The individual has just to get Watson aware of is his own disease and Watson will prevent him from eating or drinking some local specialties which are dangerous for his body.

Posted by: GOUGEON
January 8, 2014
9:41 am

I would use Watson as a legal advisor, lawyer in the cloud. I think for IBM and its customers that it could mean reduction in legal fees.
Let Watson go through all the legislation and jurisprudence to find an answer.
Also for legislators it could be useful to maybe improve the laws, eliminate the loopholes etc.

And for me it could mean a fantastic T-shirt I can show of with in the Netherlands.

Posted by: Hans Beers
January 8, 2014
9:36 am

Watson could help national level Governments make sense of citizen provided input. Right now, that bulk of humanity has sms/text messaging mobile phones.

The difficulty with allowing citizens to direct public policy is how a government can prioritize resource allocation to meet the variety of needs expressed by a general public.

However, the era of allowing a few individuals in government to run dictate the agenda for all citizens is largely ineffective. Citizen sentiment and willing participation is dropping as they are able to increasingly communicate with the wider world. To ensure National health, the citizens are developing an expectation that they should be able to influence their own destiny. Governments are reluctant to trust citizens to make good decisions regarding their own needs and fitting them into national priorities.

Citizens expressing themselves and their needs will generate a huge volume of data that needs contextualized understanding.

Using mass sms/text messaging will:
ensure that citizen satisfaction with governance is robust
produce organized and consistent disaster resilience
reduce conflict and promote cooperative resource sharing
reduce or eliminate corruption as all stakeholders are visible
increase efficiency of all government actions

Posted by: Om Goeckermann
January 8, 2014
9:21 am

My idea is to apply the Watson content store and computing abilities to the related fields of Genealogy, also known as family history, and Genetics, which Wikipedia defines as the process of trait inheritance from parents to offspring.

Geneticists, genealogists and individual family researchers would be the intended consumers and beneficiaries. Watson would be able to provide (perhaps suggest is a better word):

1. Ancestry composition and lineage information
i. Find relatives
ii. Build family trees
iii. Understand geographic and cultural context

2. Genetic information intended to assist in a medical context
i. Inherited traits
ii. Hereditary disorders
iii. Gene therapy
iv. Genetic syndromes
v. Personalized or predictive treatments

Watson offers a considerably enhanced ability to deal with massive amounts of content, much of it unstructured. I’m describing genealogical records, e.g. census and voter lists; vital statistics, e.g. births, marriages, deaths; legal documents such as probate or family court records; immigration and travel records.

In recent years, tons of content has been made public — message boards, social networks, published family tree histories and documented oral traditions. Then there are academic texts in such fields as folklore, history and cultural geography, among others.

As someone who has dabbled in genealogy for a long time, though, what fascinates me considerably is Watson’s ability to provide a rationale, literally a set of reasons or a logical basis for a course of action or a particular belief. Conclusive proof is incredibly difficult to find in genealogical records. Conclusions are often drawn from a body of evidence which leads the researcher in one direction or another. Having Watson show probabilities and rationale for supporting one conclusion over another is very intriguing.

Posted by: Rick Power
January 8, 2014
7:37 am

I would use Watson as a help to navigate trough wast amounts of data and docs in huge corporation like IBM is.
Sometimes finding right document, reference, access or even person is extremely difficult quest. If there was single interface like user watson data, perhaps we e. could organize and manage data in more efficient way – Watson can reason like human and understand human language.

And I would also use it to prevent you to write something which is not true to internet discussion ;) Sometimes you find real gems in there :)

Posted by: Daniel Dubravec
January 8, 2014
4:37 am

The world’s farmers needs an agronomy version of Watson. Most farmers do not have access to the knowledge base and advice needed to optimize their crop yields. And, with global warming, conditions are changing making it more difficult for farmers to adapt their farming techniques. I think helping to address world hunger would be one of the best uses for this technology.

Posted by: Hank Kalt
January 8, 2014
4:20 am

Put Watson amidst the Bulls and Bears!!
Watson acts in the Stock Market. Upload last decades technical trends of stocks and as the popular saying in the Stock World goes “History repeats itself”. Let Watson predict if my stock in a Company would go up or down based on the load of past technical graphs, fundamentals of the Company and World-wide news reports on the Company performance.

Posted by: Amitha Krushnen
January 8, 2014
3:25 am

Give Watson a job in retail, I am thinking first of a large electrical retailer. First give him all the user manuals for the products in stock and similar products stocked by competitors. When a customer comes in to the store they can then ask Watson for ‘Something to replace my old … but with a better …’ or ‘I need a … that doesn’t need regular servicing’. ‘I need a … that is compatible with my …’ is often a difficult question as it requires poring over the details of multiple user manuals that are often approaching the topic from different viewpoints and require a technical knowledge of the underlying specifications.
Watson can then make suggestions, or ask further questions to narrow down the selection, such as ‘Would you pay extra for a quiet one?’ or ‘Do you need it to be connected to the Internet’.
So, user manuals are not always good enough to support this well, but if this were a standard way of working then surely manufacturers would spend just a little more effort on the documentation.

Posted by: Hazel Woodcock
January 7, 2014
9:00 pm

Watson should be integted with android (and others) operating system with a voice translator. Let the public ask questions on many and any topics to receive their answer from Watson. The answer can then also when applicable be used to promote viable product, services, or phone apps solutions. The revenues from these promotions can be used to improve Watson, Pay fees to the Phone manufacturers and software providers.

It could make Watson an everyday use that only get’s improved with growing traffic.

Posted by: John Richards
January 7, 2014
5:38 pm

Watson should be used to create a listening device so sensitive it can hear your thoughts.

Posted by: Robert Combs
January 7, 2014
5:32 pm

I suggest we use Watson for quality control. Often in the real world people are unclear in their explanations of what is truly wrong citing a litany of symptoms but not being able to pinpoint why a system is failing them. This is what Watson is good at, translating a lot of dialogue about symptoms into some conclusive action which is likely to produce an improved widget. I suspect that as a QA system Watson would be awesome indeed, detecting dissatisfaction and providing valuable feedback on potential solutions so that IBM would have a definite edge in producing any working system including a better Watson! Just sayin’ ;>)

Posted by: Craig McMillan
January 4, 2014
2:25 pm

Use Watson to learn and teach to other Watsons. Build clusters of Watson and aggregatecthe knowledge into a new digital Internet.using cognitive computing can speed up global mankind knowledge. Internet v3 ?

Posted by: Schuster Michel
January 4, 2014
5:05 am

I have two ideas
First zero point energy. Ask Watson to design a ability to capture free electrons from our surrounding space.
Two ask Watson to design the system to make a honey bee of robots to make a giant space ship from materials in space. This would Intel a system to use all the space junk. Satilites that don’t work and astroids. Taking a giant astroid and grinding it to be a haul of a mammoth ship. Tell Watson to use the sun to power them. Build this giant. 5 miles long. Build it so big it has everything that humans would need to travel far distances. If I’m picked I would like to elaborate more.

Posted by: Guy Ruff
January 3, 2014
12:12 pm

This is like Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. It is so wrong way. Therefore, find an architect that employ constructors to make fresh start. Aim is “one size fits it all”

Posted by: Toba
January 3, 2014
12:03 pm

A lot of organizations have large documentation libraries. Sometimes the answer to a question involves using information from multiple documents. Often performing a simple search will only show pieces of the solution. Having Watson search across these silos to create an answer would be great! It would be even cooler if people could easily feed in these specialized libraries and automatically have a Watson-ized front-end to their documentation. If it was as easy as pointing Watson to a folder with PDF’s and HTML docs that would be great. ( Even if people had to perform some fine-tuning later on… ) Creating easy-to-use tools for building Watson front ends could be as big of an innovative spark as the creation of HTML and the web initally was. Why create specific solutions when you can create easy-to-use tools to create these solutions? Instead of catching a few fish for people, why not make it easy for them to catch their own?

Posted by: Ron van Buskirk
January 3, 2014
11:21 am

At 1pm…

“Watson, collect and arrange the major science breakthroughs published last week in my preferred template. I want to discuss with my students later at 2pm in Room 38G-P”

One hour later, the lecturer entered the classroom, with students awaiting him. He then greeted, “Good morning! Last week we saw a number of breakthroughs in science, as shown here.” The lecturer gestured towards the projected screens, showing the required list arranged in a minimalist format by Watson, which had prepared everything the lecturer needed. The lecture presentation was turned on upon hearing the lecturer’s voice.

“We note that 80% of the breakthroughs are related to biomedicall science, which is of our interest. Let us look at the first one: ‘DNA Treatment of the Malformation of Haemoglobin Chains’. It was found that sickle red blood cells are generally stiffer, and more likely to coagulate than the normal counterparts. Patients with a large concentration of these cell types are often associated with strokes. With this breakthrough, the malformation of haemoglobin chains could be curbed at DNA level.”

The lecturer then called, “Watson, show the simulation of flowing red blood cells of sickle type.” The video prepared earlier was played. When finished, a student queried, “Watson, what is the probability of success using this method to repair the mutation?” In a split second, a library function was called to find out, and arrange the required information. The source was planet-wide curated database stored in a server. In response, Watson voiced that “It was reported that the success rate is as near to as 85% for males, and 80% for females.”, while at the same time, the journal paper retrieved from the Nature was shown up.

And the class continued…..

At the same time, a student waiting to enter the class in the next one hour was making a tablet app on her laptop by interacting with Watson through voice and touch on the screen. She actually subscribed to the university’s free Watson cloud-based service.

“Watson, I’d like this image to shrink 50% smaller when I tap it twice.” While doing this, she was wondering if it was a programming, or a “commanding”. After a few voice programming steps, the app was finally compiled by Watson while satisfying her request that it should run in all phone/tablet operating systems existed since 2002.

She later found that she still had some time to spare before her next class started. In view of the coming physics test, she requested “Watson, the physics test is coming on next Wednesday. I would like to practise some problems related to Optics and Light now.” Watson then effortlessly generated some multiple choice conceptual and calculation problems for her. While she was attempting, Watson was observing which part of the topics she needed to improve more so that she could score well in the test.

The above stories were fabricated so as to convey how I view Watson as a promising tool to help us in learning better.

Posted by: Tan Foo Piew
January 3, 2014
11:15 am

The man has not to be sick. Aging comes from cronic inflamatory status. We have three pilars that control this. Genétics, behaveoral and autonomics nervous systems alterations. Once detect patterns, we can work to modify it. So we can use watson to recognize patterns and Help people live more and better. Before become sick.

Posted by: Marcelo Magalhaes
January 3, 2014
12:00 am

Watson can go way ahead of Siri and Google Now to create an intelligent and interconnected mobile app for smartphones. Anyone can find answers to their questions through Watson app for mobile individually customized.

Posted by: Dileep Sharma
January 2, 2014
11:01 pm

Hi Steve,
Our team at STREAMING MUSEUM ( has been hoping to find a way to connect with Watson! We are producing a global exhibition and public program series on sustainability 2014-2016, putting the A into STEM and working with some brilliant thinkers across disciplines. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller, we know that the problems of global society can be solved. Big Data and Cognitive Computing, perspectives of global economics, are key elements in our program, along side of high profile fine art and pop culture artists. Anthony Lieserowitz Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication commented on the role of the Arts in sustainability:
“The arts define the future vision and road to it…The arts are critical to this.”

Steve, would it be possible to discuss having Watson on our team?

Posted by: Nina Colosi
January 2, 2014
6:56 pm

Watson Personal Health Navigator
Anybody afflicted by a health problem even of moderate severity is faced with a range of questions and decisions, and the need to act on those decisions in an optimized and efficient manner. Let us take a real world example: Wilbur, an adult male of 51 years, starts experiencing a discharge from an ear, is examined by an ENT doctor and is told that he has a condition called cholesteatoma. Immediately a thousand questions pop into Harold’s mind, some are answered by the doctor, but many others remain. Some questions remain unanswered because in the time available to him in the doctor’s office, Harold finds it difficult to fashion his thoughts into questions, and the words to articulate them. Others he is too embarrassed to ask. Later of course he can take to searching the web to find some answers, where he would have to wade through many resources and may even find some that are lucid enough for him. However, he still wonders how applicable those resources are to him, a person with characteristics that may not fit an average patient with that condition. Also, he discovers that surgery might be the best option for a patient like him. He wonders how the diagnosis can be established unequivocally before he would submit himself to a surgical operation. Should he get more tests done? What other tests can be done? Where are such tests available? Should he take a second opinion? Who would be the best person to consult?

This is the state with a patient who has just learned about a diagnosis. If the condition turns out to be chronic ailment such as diabetes or cancer with which he will have to live for a long time, he is in constant need for attention and advice about what next to do and how to do it, for over many years ahead. Each step in the management of his condition brings the need to make decisions and to coordinate with the health professionals. Talk to any patient who has chronic ailments and they will have a laundry list of complaints about being left in the dark, missed appointments, wrong diagnoses, wrong decisions and lack of coordination between the different facilities, even within one hospital.

Currently, health advocates and health management services are available to some of the more serious patients, usually paid for by employers or insurance companies. However, such services are reserved for a small number of patients who are considered to pose a greater liability if they are not preventatively managed.

Enter Watson. IBM Watson can take over the role of health manager and can be made available more widely, even for less severe conditions, such as the one with which Harold was afflicted. Watson will access all resources and organize the information for a patient to peruse in a language, and at the level of readability at which he is comfortable. Watson can also serve as a second opinion consultant, with the patient having the chance to bring up any discrepancies with the primary opinion, the next time he visits the doctor. Watson may even help optimize his treatment by suggesting an efficient schedule for his tests, procedures, operations and consultations with different experts and medical assistants. For doing all this, Watson would bring to bear its understanding of the patient’s specific profile and preferences, the current evidence based guidelines, the facilities available in the locality and within the network of which the patient is a member. Watson would be a true friend, mentor and a guide to the bewildered patients and a relief to healthcare organizations. These organizations in the near future will be have to deal with an increased number of patients, and to maintain the quality of care for them as stipulated by the regulations will be an imperative for them to remain profitable.

Posted by: Hemant Shah
January 2, 2014
10:51 am

(Sorry 4 my english)
What about letting the Watson to reveal people’s emotions in a mathematical and a rational way. (continue reading for an example) It should look for all the possibilities at the global rate and use some simple equation (where the arguments will higlight the situation). Because there is a bunch of people that don’t use their brains properly..
For example there is an argument and we both have the solution but we cannot know which one is better – it should tell to each of us the thoughts of the other person.
For example yesterday I saw that some state joined EU (dunno to say the name in English).
They say that they paid 320mega (or so) € to join the Europe U.
My thoughts:
If they pay 320 millions in few years they would have to pay another millions because of the decreasing money value.
But they would have to pay even more..
If the state has no money to pay it’s stuff how to invest other piece of cash to the Union?
This is just an example – there are many of application like this type:
I could think that I am correct and also they do. There is the Watson to calculate which one option is better. To show to each of us the thoughts of the other.

Posted by: Tomáš Strenáčik
January 2, 2014
9:37 am

There should be a 1-800 number for TV show contestants to dial Watson as their “phone a friend” choice. Of course, IBM should require that Watson receive a percentage of their winnings in exchange for the service! :)

Posted by: Steven
January 2, 2014
8:11 am

In Norway we have a profession called Sosionome. The sosionome is a person that has studied the social security laws in Norway and can help private citizens find their way in the jungle of rules and regulations that define a citizens rights (and duties) with regards to getting public services in case of health, job or other issues. From my perspective this is a symptom of a system gone wild, where we need professionals to find our way in the jungle of citizens rights.

Typically this problem is being solved by implementing BPM type solutions that have a Business Rules Engine attached/included and they try to capture these intricacies by “coding” business rules in the rules engine. This is no doubt easier and more flexible than coding these rule dependencies in actual Java/C/C# code, but it is nevertheless still cumbersome. And it is coding, even if it is in a form of natural language.

I think IBM can help here in using our contextual engine based on Watson technologies to “understand” the intricacies embedded in the laws on social services, or other laws for that matter. Especially when we use the concept of triple store based ontologies to capture the rules and their relationships.

In every case there is the need to use judgement/discretion on how to interpret rules and laws in a specific situation, just like a doctor has to use his/her experience to create a diagnosis of a patients symptoms. I know we have used Watson there.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could offer a professional help to the civil servants in the different domains to support them in the interpretation of the laws and regulations, and/or do the same thing for private citizens? New rules created by lawmakers or jurisprudence created by the legal system can be “learned” on the fly and create new relationships in the triple store(s).

Posted by: Loek
January 2, 2014
7:11 am

Watson is a very valuable resource to humanity. It (or s/he) graduated medical school, and is now starting to give advice to doctors.. the potential for impact is infinite, and I’m thankful that IBM is opening up this powerful resource to the wider community, which I’m sure will make it only more powerful.
As a mother to teens, one of the things we discuss a lot at home now, is concerning career/study choices based on passion, skills and potential. I can see Watson becoming the best college/career counselor for our youth, to provide them with the tools they’d need to bring their best forward and make the most impact on their societies.

Posted by: Rana Matared
January 2, 2014
5:47 am

Combining Watsons Cognitive Skills with Bigdata and Analytical capabilities we can device an Ultimate Warning System for the Smarter Planet . A system which monitor all the available data sets and is intelligent enough to alert the people and Governments of any possibilities of a disaster . Which can help to save millions of life by warning in advance , Saves millions of dollars preventing hacking attempts to companies make the planet safe and Intelligent .

A few possibilities

1) Predicting Natural Disasters
( From the data inputs satellites , wheathers report patterns and historical disasters patters ) .

2) Predict the possibility of occurance of a crime : ( By combining data from Social Media ,Federal intelligence information and inputs from GPS and Mobilily data )

3) Predict Possibility of attacks from hackers : ( By combining the patters of network data , Hacker activities and initiatives information from various websites etc .

Posted by: chandrachood
January 2, 2014
3:40 am

Watson- Assistant to farmers.

Farming in a developing nations like India is very much challenging job as the end product and it’s cost get affected by many variable parameters (like mansoon, drastic variation in prices of goods due to change in demand and supply, Import and export policy change etc)which might or might not be in control of farmers.

Around 60-70% of Indian population is directly or indirectly associated with farming. There are very large number of farmer suicides happening because they couldn’t survive losses.(

There has been tremendous amount of unstructured information related to agriculture present in books, agricultural magazines, research journals, government agencies and on web.

There is an uncertainty associated with many of the parameters which makes it probabilistic system.

Watson could help farmers in many ways by processing this available information.

1. It could give suggestion about which crop to plant, when to plant it by considering all available static and dynamic factors like land type, irrigation availability, mansoon, cost needed. labour availability, estimated end profit, selling price of good, which seeds and nutrition to use etc.

2. It could give suggestions about where to sell their good. Which new technologies to use. Where to get loans on good interest rates if needed, different government schemes etc.

Posted by: Abhay
January 1, 2014
11:06 pm

Watson should be deployed to answer. “What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything”?

Posted by: Hemant Shah
January 1, 2014
10:34 pm

A technology as powerful as Watson deserves challenges that are equally grand.

There is no bigger challenge than helping democracies become more convergent with the need of the people while helping people understand how their democratically elected representatives are matching up against different parameters and the mandates they were given.

Let me try to visualize. What if there were a Control Panel/Dashboard on which a governor (or chief minister) of a state can slide controls to see that by increasing tax on X commodity by Y percent, how much extra revenue can be generated and what will be the consequences of it on the constituents. Will it affect one category more than the others, can those required to pay more take the increase in their stride or will they be irreversibly hurt? What percent of each business or profession, each socioeconomic class will feel the impact? Similarly the administrators will be able to see the impact of their projects, to be able to get the most bang for the buck.

For the citizens, Watson can help figure out exactly, down to dollars and cents, how each planned/announced government action is going to impact him, having considered his unique characteristics. This can help him make the decision on day to day basis if his representative is working on his behalf or not, and if not, will his actions lead to a change that appeals to him. This would require plotting all ramifications of the changes to the down to fine grained strata of society, or even down to individual levels.

Similar exercises are currently conducted by the economists and government bodies (such as COB) after painstaking crunching of numbers over a period of months, however with limited computing capabilities available to them and due to their own cognitive limitations, they can do only coarse grained models and treat large swaths of people as single classes. Their reports are opaque to all except the wonks.

Eventually this approach may even do away with the need for periodic elections since this would have replaced the system with a more interactive and dynamic form of governance, with each action of the government being provided immediate feedback. The human elements of decisions will then be obvious to everybody, which would what decide the worthiness of the administrator to continue in the office. Democracy will have finally emerged from its person-based approach to a purely an issues-based, managed system and Watson would have delivered something worthy of its powers.

Posted by: Hemant Shah
December 31, 2013
3:23 pm

Watson inside.

As wearables mature, they will move from external wearables (watches, glasses, etc) to implanted wearables.  As part of the immunization cycle, kids will receive an “implant shot” (opt-in service, like cord blood collection) that becomes their lifelong health and well-being monitor.  This implant is powered by Watson (hence the “Watson inside”).  As the human grows, Watson tracks and learns about health and habit parameters becoming a combination of Fitbit + electronic medical record.  The collected and transmitted data ultimately becomes our digital health body print, with Watson controlling the privacy parameters around data access.

Microsoft had a vision of a PC on every desk, IBM can have Watson inside every human born after 2025.

Posted by: Harpreet
December 31, 2013
4:10 am

My suggestion would be to let Watson learn how kids learn. Use the large computing power to help building models of how the brain processes information and build relationships.

And the best way to build such models is to be involved in them. For example, you could link up Watson with kids in rural India through Sugata Mitra’s “experiment”: I’m sure Watson can handle more than one text chat at the same time.. Just let it interact, and see what happens.

At the same time, collect data on how this happens, and see if you can extrapolate a suitable learning model. I think this could lead to a better understanding of complex neural processes.

I’d be happy to help :)

Posted by: Lorenzo Grespan
December 24, 2013
3:02 am

One of the immediate and relevant applications of cognitive computing that I see is in Exit Interviews. Soliciting an honest feedback from employees quitting a company could prove to be a tall order, despite the assurance of anonymity during such procedures. Employees leaving an organization may have a lot to tell – and it may not exactly come out the way they want to if they have to express it to an HR manager. Even written feedback could be a challenge given the effort/time needed to organize one’s thoughts and putting them down coherently on paper/online form.
The best & most honest feedback could be elicited from employees if they can “talk” it out to an unbiased & unprejudiced entity who also is adequately ‘invisible’ so as to assure a certain degree of anonymity to the employee.
These traits may obviously not be fulfilled by a human and that’s where a ‘Watson’ empowered application – standing in as an HR manager – can step in.
With a Watsonian cognitive app available, employees can talk to it from the privacy of their homes and provide a wealth of information. The application could then extract insights ,trends and conclusions leading to remedial measures by organizations to stem attrition more effectively.
On a lighter note, that would possibly be turning Watson into an Orwellian Big Brother !

Posted by: Sanjay Lavakare
December 23, 2013
4:27 am

We could make smart phones SMARTER by enabling them to send SOS messages or distress calls automatically to predefined set of numbers in emergent situations. Considering that a mobile phone enjoys the status of most prized possession for many individuals, it is always kept in close proximity to our body, in pockets or wallet. The device can be equipped with sensors to keep a tab on pulse rate, heart beat, body temperature, peripheral noise and other physiological attributes of the user. The data can be constantly monitored by intelligent software to identify abnormal readings. Data Mining techniques can prove useful in this context. IBM Big Data algorithms should be able to capture exceptions and in such cases an alarm may be raised by sending automated SOS messages or distress calls to emergency numbers preset in the phone. Additionally, the message may also be broadcasted to police helpline, nearest hospital, etc. GPS functionality, which is already available with most smartphones, can be integrated with this software to track accurate coordinates of the user.

We are well aware of the incidents of attack on women, road accidents or hearts attacks which can happen to anybody without a prior notice. Many a times, the family members or emergency medical responders do not get informed immediately about the mishap and a delay in response time results in fatal damages. The above solution, which should be technically plausible, may help in addressing such issues to a great extent. IBM, with its 100+ years of technological expertise, can actually help mobile manufactures and mobile software vendors with the necessary resources and talent to realize the dream project.

The above idea has already won the #WLTDO contest in I/SA GMU, with largest number of votes across all the GMUs. The results and competing entries are available @

Posted by: Chandan Sandilya
December 19, 2013
11:47 pm

If technology is capable of understanding how best we learn, how best to personalize our health care and personalize our shopping, then it could help us put the most life in our years. Help us utilize technology to make the most of the time we spend enjoying the simple things in life. Let technology be less invasive in our interactions and allow people enjoy people.

Posted by: Omari Soares
December 19, 2013
10:26 am

There is one more suggestion I’d like to share. The idea is to have a intelligent assistant for music composition/production apps. My brother uses several programmes for creating/producing music. All of these have few things in common. To work with them you need to know a fair bit about music (tones, chords, pitch, key, instruments…) and also you need to know the programme perfectly to be able to take advantage of all the features (of which there are many !). I am thinking of having assistant, that would respond directly to the composer. So he might add instruments, melody and various sound effects without even clicking any button. For this you would need sophisticated cognitive app, because it would be as much about context and understanding of underlying processes as about being able to locate specific assets to specific point on timescale (eq. “add violins right after guitar ends with D minor chord and pan them to the left speaker”).

The idea that brought this up comes from famous Milos Forman movie Amadeus, the famous Confutatis Maledictus scene. Mozart is so sick he can’t even write down his own composition. His rival Salieri happens to be present and helps him write down the whole composition. Mozart basically tells him every little detail he wants in the composition. In my scenario this cognitive app would simulate what Salieri did for Mozart. Check to video to see what I mean.

Posted by: Johnny Pasho
December 19, 2013
12:15 am

We generally don’t use fan through out the night while sleeping. When we feel cold, we switch it off or slow down.
The System with cognitive capability should be in a position to understand what the human being connected / around him is feeling. Depending upon the feeling, they should be in a position to control the room environment and there by energy.

Posted by: Manmohan Brahma
December 18, 2013
11:21 am

I would suggest applying cognitive computing to essential functions, such as growing food for the people and surviving on this planet. By analyzing and tracking water tables, aquifers, weather patterns, historical data, etc. Using predictive systems and regression analysis, advise the farmers when the best time to plant their seed, and when and how much water is required, localized to the needs of each specific farm or agricultural community. There is much efficiency to be gained and the benefits are pervasive.

Posted by: Rick
December 18, 2013
9:46 am

What I would suggest to work on is a sort of inter-generation dialogue “appliance”. It’s hard for me to narrow it down to a draft that would make sense in just few words but I will try nevertheless.

Evolution is gaining speed and over past decades it has become obvious, that the older you are the less likely you are to understand what’s going on. There was always a big gap between parents, grandparents and their offspring. Nowadays it seems like the world we live in has almost nothing in common with the world we we’re conceived in. These changes are very hard to translate into life experience of our older folks. I am thinking of cognitive aplliances that would be able to communicate with elderly people and help them understand todays world in terms they understand. It would need extraordinary language skills (similar to what Watson demonstrated) to be able to wrap concepts in language that is accessible to older people who have no clue what for example Cloud or even Internet is.

I know that it might sound silly to let computers do our work in terms of inter-generation dialogue. I don’t want to delegate this to a computer since I am the one who should be sitting down with my grandma explaining things. But wouldn’t it be cool if my grandma could ask a computer “What is it that my little johhnyboy does for IBM ?” and receive an answer that would actually help her understand in her own language/mindset ?

This idea came to me some time ago, when I realized that we truly are condemned to repeat the mistakes of our ancestors. And one of the causes is the simple fact, that we don’t spend too much time explaining our “present” to the people of “past” (however rude this might sound) and we don’t care much about the wisdom we might receive in return.

This appliances would make use of language processors that would be able to use metaphores (which is quite hard even for an actual person) and other aids to transfer meaning. They would get to know their users and cater ever more precisely to their needs.

Sorry for the length of my comment, but I really can’t imagine explaining myself with fewer words. Feel free to contact me on social networks (name is the same ;) to explain myself more in depth.

- Johnny

Posted by: Johnny Pasho
December 17, 2013
4:31 pm

In the future, there will be “cognitive assistants” and counselors for every human task, like Cortana is for Master Chief in his Mjolnir armor, like Ziggy in Quantum Leap, like J.A.R.V.I.S. helps Tony Stark in his lab and from inside the Iron Man armor, and like “The old man in the cave” helps the starving citizens in the eponymous episode of The Twilight Zone. A smart enough AI running in a powerful system could help a massive number of concurrent users, learning every time and gaining valuable knowledge from mistakes. These AIs would be the cheapest, smartest, and most valuable “outsourced” “employee”. Outsourcing so much that these tasks would be performed not even by humans, humans who, in turn, would use their time in much more rewarding and creative activities. A virtual employee could join the ranks of any organization in a matter of seconds, without the need of health insurance, benefits, perks, holidays, and even rest and food. An organization could even “hire” more AIs to help instantly, if they are having an exceptional good season and they suddenly need more helping “hands”. The dreadful firing process would be equally instantaneous, and the depressing firing meetings would be avoided, replaced by a few clicks. The hiring and firing process in the future would be as automated as the request of more infrastructure has been automated thanks to the cloud technologies of today. For instance, an AI could work as a system administrator, fixing problems in the IT infrastructure without the need of a human peer, maybe only requesting help with more advanced problems.

Posted by: Alan Verdugo
December 17, 2013
3:16 pm

Watson the matchmaker:
1.) Sift through giant data sets and facial image recognition to match ideal pairs humans (i.e. date & or marriage matchmaking).
2.) Analyze weapon range, power, mass, cost, supply routes, legal pathways along with the needs and financial ability of a particular actor to determine the optimal weapons purchase package from multiple suppliers.
3.) This methodology can be extrapolated into ANY type of matchmaking: set functions and attributes for situational present time condition to be matched with set currently available purchase or acquisition solutions to custom fit that client’s particular need.

Posted by: Marcin Kubik
December 17, 2013
10:59 am

Let me begin by linking to a tweet of mine (from June of this year) linking to a video of a talk by Manoj Sexena (IBM Watson manager) … which highlights an idea he mentioned at ~6:50 … which is: using cognitive computing to reproduce the #education that Aristotle gave to Alexander the Great. (And as you can see, I cc’d @TaylorSwift13 that link … who cares about education, dontates to support [especially in the arts/music], and once when asked what she would do if elected president … that she would pay teachers more. :)

Suggestion: (speaking as a rhetorical artist/theorist with a MS in comp sci, who once upon a time worked for Bell Labs) … I’d like to see @IBMWatson used in education … specially [new/interactive] #RhetoricalEducation … which might well include teaching IBM Watson the lessons of Taylor Swift (who appears to be creating large choirs of folks around the globe who can sing along with her).

Posted by: Jim BOKE Tomlin [BOKE : artistofideas]
December 17, 2013
10:28 am

Since in science, what we don’t know is just as important as what we know, I would suggest posing the question, “What don’t we know about (insert topic)?” or, “what is classified as unknown in the literature on (insert topic)” I agree also that a Watson lawyer would be helpful in finding precedents or lack thereof considering the amount if literature on law and in law. Also gas an experiment been ran to set up two Watsons as you would set up the toy, “Furby?” I am curious.

Posted by: Jim
December 17, 2013
9:58 am

Electronic records retention is a huge problem for virtually every organization in the world. Watson technology could prove very helpful in automating the process of identifying what should be retained for compliance and governance purposes, and what can be deleted. This would eliminate legal exposures caused by inconsistent recordskeeping, reduce IT costs, and greatly enhance enterprise-wide access to the information organizations need to keep for ongoing business activities.

Posted by: Paul Lasewicz
December 17, 2013
8:21 am

What about turning Watson into a personal sommelier? I have 20 guests coming over for the holidays and I have no idea which wine goes with my 4-course dinner.

Posted by: Althea
December 17, 2013
8:19 am

With the aging population it would be great if Watson or cognitive technology could help our seniors with everything from technical support to host a video chat with their grand kids to basic information about pharmaceuticals they may be prescribed by doctors.

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