So let IBM’s Watson be both an inspiration and a warning. Our concern is that in an effort to cut budgets deeply, the government will make it more difficult for Americans to produce innovations such as Watson in the future. Our hope is that everyone will be excited by Watson and the possibilities that this kind of achievement holds for our country and society at large.
Rep. Rush Holt represents New Jersey’s 12th district and is a five-time “Jeopardy!” winner. Christopher Padilla is a former undersecretary for international trade at the Department of Commerce and currently serves as vice president of IBM Governmental Programs.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.