Studying law? Perhaps reconsider? IBM's Watson is taking white-collar jobs

A Japanese insurance company is letting 30 white-collar workers go – replacing them with Watson.

Toby Shapshak

Watson is not cheap.

Toby Shapshak

Watson is a computer capable of answering questions posed in natural language.

Watson was named after IBM's first CEO Thomas J. Watson.

The computer system was specifically developed to answer questions on the quiz show Jeopardy!

In 2011, Watson competed on Jeopardy! against former winners Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings.

Watson won.

It was not connected to the internet but had access to 200 million pages of content including the full text of Wikipedia.

Watson’s first commercial application was for guiding nurses’ decisions during lung cancer treatment.

John Matham interviewed Stuff magazine’s Toby Shapshak.

Shapshak discussed the phenomenon that is Watson.

Listen to the audio below for the interview.

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