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Company Profile:

IBM

Why:  Its flexible artificial-­intelligence systems have the potential to assist people in many areas, such as health care.

Key innovation:  Watson, which demonstrated its capability by beating skilled human quiz-show players, learned by automatically digesting text from books and websites, an ability that could be adapted to any area of knowledge.

Public Company: IBM

Headquarters: Armonk, New York
Founded: 1911
Market Capitalization: $230 billion

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