Harvard, MIT students to take on IBM’s Watson
Students from Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management will take on IBM Corp.’s Watson, the supercomputer that, in a celebrated match-up, beat two human competitors in the TV game show “Jeopardy!’’
IBM is bringing the computer to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard on Oct. 31 for a symposium on the ways technology is changing how people work.
The symposium, which will include panel discussions on the future of technology and what it means for business, will feature a keynote speech from Dave Ferrucci, lead investigator for IBM Watson.
Ferrucci will talk about how his team developed the Watson software, which can sift through some 200 million pages of data to provide answers to questions posed in a conversational style.
In the afternoon, Watson and student teams from Harvard and MIT will face one another in a demonstration based on the “Jeopardy!’’ format.