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IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa

06
Feb
2014

By Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) – IBM began rolling out its Watson supercomputer system across Africa on Thursday, saying it would help to address continental development obstacles as diverse as medical diagnoses, economic data collection and e-commerce research. The worlds biggest technology service provider said Project Lucy would take 10 years and cost $100 million. The undertaking was named after the earliest known human ancestor fossil, which was found in east Africa, I believe it will spur a whole era of innovation for entrepreneurs here, IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty told delegates at a conference on Wednesday. International Business Machines Corp has so far failed to convert that genius into substantial revenue growth, with the system contributing just $100 million over the past three years as overall revenues declined.

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