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In an op-ed, Prof. Vasant Dhar says IBM's Watson could be competition for Google

Excerpt from WIRED -- "Watson is a thinking machine that needs supercomputers at the moment (this isn’t a theoretical requirement). Google is a retrieval machine with a scalable architecture of massive amounts of simple processors and storage. Together, these IT competencies would provide a formidable combination of a machine that can remember, know, and think. Interestingly, IBM has the capability—despite the reality that IT-based competencies are not easy to replicate—to assemble a “good enough” version of such a search engine. And while Google could probably build a Watson, it would take years to do so, and Google isn’t used to playing catch-up (not to mention this kind of approach goes against its DNA for how it thinks about search)."

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