Bill Kutik announces IBM's Watson will be at his HR Technology show. It is positioned thus in a LinkedIn update he posted:
"Watson is not connected to the Internet. It does not research the questions. It’s been taught the domains it knows, rather than programmed. Think of it as Siri’s much wiser great-grandfather. As a result, it’s a little large to get out of the office much. So Rudy will be accessing Watson through a laptop but will be joined onstage by a Watson avatar, as on Jeopardy."
Watson was greeted with wild enthusiasm 2 1/2 years ago. But while IBM keeps promising big things - in healthcare in particular - it has shown little commercial success. And Bill's description of it just conveys the image of something very old and largely immobile.
I keep hoping Watson is like Benjamin Button, as in the Brad Pitt movie. As it ages, it becomes more nimble and usable.
Honestly, that's a tall order given IBM itself is looking very old and immobile. And if anything our expectations of a natural interface have grown with our experience (and frustrations) with Siri and Google Now which arrived after Watson made its Jeopardy! debut.