IBM marks its 100th birthday

Armonk-based IBM marks its 100th birthday today.

In celebration, the company took supercomputer Watson on the road to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Students at Sleepy Hollow Middle School got a peek into the future yesterday as IBM computer research scientist Eric Brown showed the kids how Watson works.

The kids learned how researchers figured out how to get Watson to compete and beat the best players on the TV game show "Jeopardy."

The presentation was also part of a worldwide "Day of Service," in which IBM employees give something back to the community.

The computer at the school was actually "Watson Junior" as officials say the original Watson was too big to move.

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