Re: Watson is not exactly comparable to iPad
As William Gibson famously wrote, the street finds its own uses for things. Like an iPad, Watson is essentially a general-purpose technology. People are writing tools for the iPad now that I suspect were over the horizon for the people who originally developed it. And the same, for good or ill, will be true of Watson -- it will be positioned to ingest data and answer questions for purposes we cannot necessarily predict right now. The surface has not even been scratched with respect to the power of "cognitive computing", but as Elon Musk warned with respect to AI, we better be VERY careful how this technology is employed. In light of revelations regarding probable malfeasance by certain Intel-related government agencies, one can easily imagine Watson being perverted into a "pre-crime" analyst.