IBM Hosted a Big Party for Watson With its CEO as the Star

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IBM Hosted a Big Party for Watson With its CEO as the Star By Darryl K. Taft Posted 2016-10-28 Print NEWS ANALYSIS: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty keynoted the company's World of Watson conference in Las Vegas and drove home that Watson is the AI platform for business. LAS VEGAS–IBM held a big party for its Watson cognitive computing technology here this week in the form of the IBM World of Watson (IBM WoW) 2016 conference. Originally known as IBM Insight, the company augmented the name of the event to focus on Watson and the importance of cognitive technology to the company's future. Indeed, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said hundreds of millions of users interact with Watson-powered systems today and, by the end of next year, she expects there to be more than 1 billion Watson users. If nothing else, the World of Watson event was a paean to the continuing adoption of Watson across a broad variety of industries and technology areas, including medicine and health care, financial services, retail, manufacturing and travel, as well as technology areas such as cloud computing, the internet of things (IoT), software development and more.


IBM CEO Says Watson Stands Out by Protecting Clients' Data

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IBM Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty sees proprietary data combined with artificial intelligence technology as the competitive advantage for companies going forward. When International Business Machines Corp. works with clients, it trains a unique version of its artificial intelligence technology, Watson, using proprietary data, and that information creates individual business insights that stay with the customer, Rometty said. That's how Watson is different from its competitors that offer similar services around data analytics and machine learning, she said Wednesday in a speech at the company's World of Watson event in Las Vegas. "We made an important architectural decision -- for all our clients, all their data, it's their accumulated knowledge," she said. Rometty said clients have praised IBM's approach.


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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is convinced we are in the "third era of technology," as IBM's Watson Health partners with Quest Diagnostics to offer its cognitive computing technology nationwide for the first time.


IBM CEO says Watson aims to protect clients' data

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IBM Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty sees proprietary data combined with artificial intelligence technology as the competitive advantage for companies going forward. When IBM works with clients, it trains a unique version of its artificial intelligence technology, Watson, using proprietary data, and that information creates individual business insights that stay with the customer, Rometty said. That's how Watson is different from its competitors that offer similar services around data analytics and machine learning, she said last week in a speech at the company's World of Watson event in Las Vegas. "We made an important architectural decision for all our clients--all their data, it's their accumulated knowledge," she said. Rometty envisions a future in which all enterprises will add artificial intelligence to help automate business processes, improve productivity and increase sales--and she believes that they're likely to turn to IBM to provide that AI software.


IBM CEO: Watson will reach a billion consumers next year

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IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty told CNBC on Wednesday that the company's artificial intelligence platform, Watson, will reach more than 1 billion consumers by the end of 2017. "This is a celebration of Watson really scaling," she said. "Through others, Watson is touching hundreds of millions of consumers, and by the end of next year it'll be a billion." Rometty was on site at IBM's World of Watson 2016 event in Las Vegas where the legacy technology company demonstrated how Watson can influence businesses in several different industries. General Motors CEO Mary Barra was at the event for the announcement of Watson joining On-Star in millions of cars in 2017.