IBM sends Watson to NY college to boost its skills

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 08:16 hrs

The supercomputer Watson is going to college.

IBM is announcing Wednesday that it will provide a Watson system to Rensselaer (rehn-suh-LEER') Polytechnic Institute, the first time the computer known for beating human champions on "Jeopardy!" is being sent to a university.

Just like the flesh-and-blood students who will work on it, Watson is heading to college to sharpen its skills. Course work will include English and math.

Watson can process massive amounts of data, including natural language. IBM sees Watson's stint at RPI as a way to help it boost its cognitive capabilities.

The original Watson remains at IBM's Research Headquarters in Westchester County, about 100 miles south of the school. RPI, across the Hudson River from New York's capital Albany, has hardware fully dedicated to running the system's software.

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