Chair, President and CEO of IBM, Ginny Rometty Elevates Machine Learning to New Heights

By Samuel O. Doku (September 23, 2016). Dr. Watson is a multi-talented cyborg, with an extraordinary ability to store and analyze millions and millions of information without getting migraine. The genius, even outclassed the best brains, including Ken Jennings, ever to compete on Alex Trebeck’s famous television program “Jeopardy” to establish himself as a matchless and incomparable genius. Jennings is the winningest jeopardyte to date.

Mrs. Ginny Rometty, who double-majored in computer science and electrical engineering, is the first female to head IBM.

Mrs. Ginny Rometty, who double-majored in computer science and electrical engineering, is the first female to head IBM.

Watson is a computer created and master-minded by Dr. Ginny Rometty’s IBM, and if projections are accurate, the notion that we live in an information age, yet we have been unable to use it to our advantage to find permanent cures for cancers, would be eliminated and notched into the realm of history.

Watson is an amalgamation of cognition and creativity, but in spite of its enormous ability, he has to be under the auspices of humans to be fully functional. For example, Watson can read everything there is on a particular incurable disease and diagnose the disease to help doctors prescribe appropriate medications.

Since the genesis of the information age, the difficulty has always been the fashion in which the voluminous amount of information in clouds can be effectively processed to the advantage of those researching as scholars, critics, scientists, doctors, and other experts and professionals. It is in this arena of information gathering, processing, and analysis that Watson becomes more useful than the limitations of the human mind.

“IBM uses machine learning in many wonderful ways,” Rometty noted on Fareed Zakaria’s Global Public Square program on CNN this past Sunday. “Think of it as you are in a three dimensional spatial realm of  cloud, mobility, and explosion of information. There is the need to make sense of the explosion of data out there. Watson has the ability to learn. It’s in a cloud, so it can be embedded; it applies to everyone whether in business, medicine, or any other profession to take advantage of. Watson helps in decision-making professionally and personally.”

Frankly, Watson is more than Artificial Intelligence; its cybernetic nomenclature seems so real to Rometty that she was hesitant in calling it a computer. Watson was trained in some of the best institutions here in the U.S. and Europe, and “it has read all the literature on cancer,” added Rometty.

A few years ago, my son asked me about my thoughts on the creation of a computer that could evict emotions like us human beings. I was mute because I didn’t know what to tell him. Well, Rometty has taken that idea from its abstract status to reality. “Watson can reason and think just like humans. It has emotions just like us; the emotions are broken down into chemical equations and digitized.”

Rometty assured medical doctors that the advent of Watson didn’t mean it would take their jobs away from them; it has come to complement what they do: “Our goal isn’t to replace doctors but Watson has been created to help them make decisions and better diagnosis,” said Dr. Rometty.






About Dr. Sam Doku
Dr. Samuel O. Doku is a professor and a writer. He earned his Ph.D. in English with concentration in African American Literature from Howard University. He is a W.E.B. Du Bois scholar whose book is titled Cosmopolitanism in the Fictive Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward the Realization of a Revolutionary Art. His articles have been published on Google Scholar, in the International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, and College English Association Magazine (CEAMAG).