Updated Oct. 3, 2012 at 6:38 a.m.

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Published: 2012-10-03 05:52:00
Updated: 2012-10-03 06:38:59

Doctor Watson This Jan. 13, 2011 photo provided by IBM shows the IBM computer system known as Watson at IBM's T.J. Watson research center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Watson, best known for handily defeating the world's best "Jeopardy!" players on TV earlier this year, is on a diet of medical textbooks and journals for health care. IBM says Watson, with its ability to understand plain language, can digest questions about a person's symptoms and medical history and quickly suggest diagnoses and treatments. (AP Photo/IBM) Image 1 of 3 · Next Image…
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A doctor can now interact with machines "almost like he's talking with a colleague," IBM's Virginia Rometty says at the Fortune Most Powerful Women conference. "You and I, in our lifetimes, this will be the third era of computing,"...

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Watson is mostly a System P with some logic software. I realize that it is early in the cycle (Watson is over a year old now), but how many have been sold? The real cost of owning and operating a Watson is in the 100's of millions and how many companies can afford this, especially in this economy?
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