Grady Booch, who cofounded UML, recently talked with our friends over at about the underlying architecture behind IBM's technological marvel Watson. For now Watson's forte is beating out Jeopardy's best trivia champions. But just like the parallel processing technology that Big Blue used to beat Kasparov at chess was also used to improve weather forecasts, speed-up financial modeling systems, and manage highly scalable (for the day) Web servers, the technology under Watson's hood is slated to make major improvements in our real lives.

The biggest expectation is that Watson's natural language recognition techniques will enable computers to better serve the medical profession in making faster more accurate diagnosis, but I'm more excited about the potential for computerized call centers that don't require navigating level after level of automated push button menu.

Take a look under the hood of IBM's Watson.