But it's still a machine. Albeit with very sophisticated and very useful capabilities.
And as far as I know, has not expressed self-awareness.
Yet given the fundamental nature of how Watson works it would seem logical to think that Google might one day have to compete with IBM in a number of areas where Watson excels -- medical diagnosis for example. Or worldwide financial analysis.
To do so, Google will need strong voice recognition and text-to-speech capabilities which Ray Kurzweil can help with immediately.