There are multiple reports this morning that IBM is making Watson, that smart AI computer system who kicked some "Jeopardy" ass a few years back, the centerpiece in the company's new $1 billion business unit.
And why should you care? Let's go to Forbes to tell the story!
IBM says it plans to spend over $1 billion on the new unit, which already includes over 2,000 employees, in the next several years, out of the new 51 Astor Place. Mike Rhodin will head up the group, which the company hopes will help it reach a $20 billion revenue projection for its big data and analytics services by 2015.
The announcement of the new unit and its headquarters in ‘Silicon Alley’ is for a simple reason: to find some positive momentum for IBM within CEO Ginni Rometty’s 2015 roadmap, while showing techies in New York that IBM can be cool, the company hopes.
Here's the official Watson website with more details on the company's new 51 Astor Place space.
Perhaps 51 Astor Place developer Edward Minskoff will have the joint fully leased by the end of this month after all.
And say — do artificially intelligent computer systems like tuna melts?
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