The IBM Watson is a breakthrough in analytic innovation. Watson is an artificially intelligent computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. It was developed in IBM’s DeepQA project by a research team. It was specifically developed to answer questions on a quiz show. Watson received the first prize competing against former winners Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings in 2011. It can consume insights from Big Data for advanced analytics. Big Data technology was used to build Watson’s Knowledge Base. Watson had access to 200 million pages of structured and unstructured content consuming four terabytes of disk storage. It included the full text of Wikipedia but was not connected to the Internet during the game.
Languages like Java, C++ and Prolog were used to write Watson’s software. Apache Hadoop Framework for distributed computing and Apache Unstructured Information Management Architecture and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Operating System were also used.
Watson software system’s first commercial application would be for utilization management decisions in lung cancer treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in a joint venture with health insurance company WellPoint, as announced by IBM in February 2013.