Is IBM’s Watson a Woman?

Watson, the IBM computer that recorded and analyzed millions of pages of data to beat humans in “Jeopardy!,” may be female, judging by how IBM CEO Ginni Rometty reacted to a question from an audience member after giving a speech last night.

McKinsey & Co.’s Rik Kirkland asked:

“I want to hear more about Watson. Watson is no longer the world’s most famous game-playing computer, you’ve put him to work. What are you learning from his, or its — “

Rometty interjected:

“Her? Her? Her?”

Kirkland then corrected himself:

“– Exactly, her. What are you learning from her early experiences in the workplace?”

Watch the video of this exchange, which is at 48 minutes, 28 seconds.


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