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The Computer System That Won Jeopardy Could Soon Help Nasa With Research

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Rob High, chief technical officer for IBM Watson, believes that over the next decade cognitive computing systems like Watson will "be the dominant form of computing."

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is looking at using IBM's Watson cognitive computing technology at three of its centers.

Credit: David C. Bowman/NASA

Rob High, chief technical officer for IBM's Watson cognitive computing system, was at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Langley Research Center recently to discuss Watson and the role it could play in furthering NASA research.

NASA researchers primarily are interested in using Watson Discovery Advisor, one of the branches of the larger Watson project that focuses on helping researchers improve their awareness of scientific and technical literature. Discovery Advisor is designed to quickly read through massive amounts of technical documents, papers, and publications to provide researchers with a deeper knowledge of their field. High says the goal is to "amplify human cognition, [and] one technique for doing that is to help humans navigate vast quantities of information, discovering along the way associations in that literature that may be inspirational to people, that may allow people to consider new ideas they hadn't considered before."

Other NASA facilities are interested in making use of Watson. Both the Ames Research Center and the Armstrong Flight Research Center want to use a Watson system to serve as a flight operations advisor, reading aviation documents, and providing real-time advice to both flight crews and air operations centers.

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