Anyone Can Now Use IBM's Watson to Crunch Data, Absolutely Free

By Chris Mills on at

You may have seen IBM's Watson during its winning performance on Jeopardy. But the supercomputer is more than just a mechanism for IBM to publicly shame smart people. It's arguably the most powerful natural-language supercomputer in the world, and thanks to a new public beta, its number-crunching abilities are open to all.

Specifically, IBM has opening the Watson Analytics platform up to everyone in a public beta. The analytics platform is meant to make 'big data' processing available to people without a statistics degree — in theory, you'll be able to chuck in a dataset, and Watson will pull out the interesting correlations, predictive analyses and the like, and present it all in a series of infographics and graphs.

It's an interesting proposition for IBM. Although Watson has been used to pull off a number of stunts — useful and otherwise — allowing for easy data analysis is potentially one of its most handy applications. [ZDNet]