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A computer system that won Jeopardy! and is revolutionizing the way we do business: What is Watson?


In 2011, Watson was the first computer system to win Jeopardy!, outsmarting former champs Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. Today this IBM computer system’s cognitive computing solution is changing the way businesses operate.

On November 10, 2016, BCLC and TRU present the latest edition of the Technology and Innovation Series that will dive into how the partnership between people and self-learning computers is enhancing the way we do business to be faster, more responsive and precise.

Like Watson, cognitive computing and its capabilities are taking analytics to the next level and fundamentally changing how systems are built, and the way we conduct business. Join Caroline Ong, Analytics and Cognitive Leader from IBM Canada’s Global Business Services as she talks about how Watson and IBM’s latest cognitive solution, is using artificial intelligence to transform industries from healthcare, education, professional sports to fashion and even hospitality, by creating new forms of customer engagement, revolutionizing business value and ultimately changing how businesses operate.

Caroline Ong leads the strategic area of Cognitive and Analytics Solutions for IBM Global Business Services that includes the Watson delivery team and technologies.

Event details:
Date: November 10, 2016
Where: Thompson River University, Mountain Room, Campus Activity Centre
Time: 8:00am – 9:30am Complimentary breakfast starting at 8:00am
RSVP: or 778.471.8390

Pat Davis, Chief Information Officer, Vice-President Business Technology, BCLC

“Technology is at the core of our business, and it drives the development of new and creative solutions. We’re pleased to leverage our relationships with leading edge technology companies in order to bring this speaker series to the community of Kamloops and TRU.”

Michael Henry, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Thompson Rivers University
"Each of these opportunities lets our students and faculty receive current insights into some of this industry’s most exciting and relevant issues. It is a gift to have BCLC on our campus and giving back to our community with all the expertise they have.”

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Thompson Rivers University educates approximately 26,000 students on campus and online. Students can choose from 140 on-campus programs and 57 Open Learning programs, from trades to traditional academics, certificates to bachelor and graduate degrees, academic as well as professional career paths, plus a growing number of interdisciplinary choices

For over 100 years, IBM has been the world's largest information technology company driving technology and innovation through their development of hardware and software for business servers, storage products, custom-designed microchips, and application software. Today IBM is one of 30 companies included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and one of the world's largest employers, with nearly 380,000 employees. Known as "IBMers", IBM employees have been awarded five Nobel Prizes, six Turing Awards, ten National Medals of Technology and five National Medals of Science.

Watson is an artificially intelligent computer system IBM built that is capable of answering questions posed in natural language. The computer system was specifically developed to answer questions on the quiz show Jeopardy!. In 2011, Watson competed on Jeopardy! against former winners Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings and won, receiving the first place prize of $1 million. Its capabilities are now used by industries spanning healthcare to hospitality and transforming the world of business. Learn more at 

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