Watson Scores a Mention in Data Dust Up

June 9, 2013

I read “How the U.S. Uses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly.” You can read pundits, poobahs, mavens, and unemployed journalists’ views of data monitoring elsewhere. I want to point out that Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy winning smart software has made an appearance in the discussion of data intercepts.

Here’s the passage I noted:

I.B.M.’s Watson, the supercomputing technology that defeated human Jeopardy! champions in 2011, is a prime example of the power of data-intensive artificial intelligence. Watson-style computing, analysts said, is precisely the technology that would make the ambitious data-collection program of the N.S.A. seem practical. Computers could instantly sift through the mass of Internet communications data, see patterns of suspicious online behavior and thus narrow the hunt for terrorists. Both the N.S.A. and the Central Intelligence Agency have been testing Watson in the last two years, said a consultant who has advised the government and asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak.

From health care to government work, Watson is there. No further comment from the goose except that if one does not know what to query, math provides some candidates, not answers.

Stephen E Arnold, June 9, 2013

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