Not maybe as large in the media but it’s had its 15 minutes of fame and in those moments it was most used for jokes.
YouTube titles show news network clips with titles like “MAN VS MACHINE” or “Watson supercomputer destroys all humans”. Comments are mostly skynet jokes. Watson and such supercomputers are one of those technologies that are jokingly to be afraid of. “Robopocalypses” and such. No, nothing to be feared there, though facebook is corrupting the youth.
Then there’s IBM.
From IBM you see the people behind the technology. In fact, at IBMs site for Watson the people behind the technology are rammed down your throat. Highly contrasted with everywhere else selling the story as “HUMANS VS COMPUTER” IBM is selling it as “We’re testing this scientific project worked on by many against 2 of the greater jeopardy players”. Also they’re selling the product but to who? I cannot find out who is buying Watson for the life of me. Who bought that chess playing computer? That same dude, maybe? They go on about how the language detection and parallel computing will innovate fields but it’s said in general terms. It’ll innovate business, okay, how exactly? Specifically? Oh and then somewhere blueGene is mentioned.
It seems Watson is simply just a masturbation of computer science. A sort of “let’s test how far we’ve come in bleeding edge tech, though we can’t really get it too practical yet”. If it were sex of computer science there would be a sell-able product produced, and the product wouldn’t really be in the news networks but in the commercial breaks in between them. There’s a joke about computer scientists and their sex lives, but it’d be too easy (unlike any of the girls they’d meet! *ba-da-bum*).
IBM isn’t really selling Watson, Watson is selling IBM. Watson is a showing off what IBM scientists could do, in theory, to IBM products. Go invest.
(though I’d never have sex with a man just because he can masturbate really well, maybe that analogy is wrong, or something else is)