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Watson won ‘Jeopardy,’ but IBM is not winning with artificial intelligence

On a February evening in 2011, Watson—a supercomputer with artificial intelligence created by International Business Machines Corp.—made history when it beat humans in a game of cognitive intelligence. And these weren’t just any humans. These were longtime “Jeopardy” champions, deemed among the most intelligent human contestants to ever grace the game show stage.

The Watson win was a major win for IBM IBM, -2.51% at the time, underscoring its transition to a new-age technology company with artificially-intelligent computers. It sent a clear message that IBM was no longer an aging legacy hardware company crippling under newer competition, but a bellwether of innovation yet to come in the realms of AI and big-data analytics.

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