IBM and NASA have had one of the longest, most successful relationships in the high-tech world and it looks like the future holds much the same.

While the relationship has its roots in the very beginnings of the space program as well as large-scale computing, its current incarnation in many cases revolves around the cognitive computing specialties found in IBM’s Watson system. 

The forthcoming movie Hidden Figures in fact shows some of the earliest IBM and NASA computing interactions. Hidden Figures follows a group of African-American female mathematicians who calculated flight trajectories on IBM computers for John Glenn’s first orbital flight in 1962.

Watson uses machine learning and natural language and image recognition to develop all manner of intelligent answers to tough challenges. The system has been successfully deployed in the healthcare industry where the system has become a trusted adviser to hospitals and research centers working for people fighting cancer.


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