Watson can understand natural English and also process about 1 million books per second. With this enormous power, he was able to beat two of the all-time top players on Jeopardy!
But Watson has proven to be more than just a cool technology. He should be extremely helpful with research — and perhaps could help provide some advances in combating cancer.
As a result, it looks like IBM will cash in. CLSA analyst Ed Maguire estimates Watson alone will bring in $2.65 billion in revenues for Big Blue, or 52 cents of earnings per share, by 2015.