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47: Watson

For Ushering Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into the Mainstream

In the early 2000s, IBM was looking for its next big initiative, a project that would generate buzz similar to the public and press adoration that followed when its supercomputer beat chess legend Garry Kasparov in 1997. The tech giant settled on the idea of developing a computer system that could compete on the TV game show Jeopardy! The result—which combined near-instantaneous data analysis, precision decision-making and the ability to understand human speech—provided the first mainstream evidence that the age of artificial intelligence had arrived.
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