1How IBM Watson Taps Into Today’s World of Cognitive Computing
3The Watson Developer Cloud and Watson Ecosystem
In 2013, IBM introduced the Watson Developer Cloud, an open development platform initially offering seven API services and a software development kit for developers to build Watson-powered apps and services. An ecosystem of startups and established companies emerged, featuring innovators embedding cognitive computing into their businesses.
Over the last two years, the Watson platform and ecosystem has grown, with hundreds of partners developing and commercializing cognitive-fueled apps, services and businesses. Today, the platform offers more than 25 APIs and services underpinned by more than 50 technologies in four key areas: language, speech, vision and data insights.
5Watson Language Services
Watson language services, like IBM Watson Natural Language Classifier and IBM Watson Dialog, provide the power to understand, interact and reason using natural language. Watson can help identify a question’s intent, offer corresponding answers and make connections hidden among natural language text. Additionally, language analysis services help companies engage with customers on a more personalized level. IBM researchers have also taught Watson new languages, including Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Japanese.
6Watson Speech Services
A pioneer of speech technologies, Watson’s speech analysis services, IBM Speech to Text and IBM Text to Speech, enable cognitive apps to respond, understand and mine insights found in multiple languages, and provide a spoken conversational interface. Touchcast is developing a new way for people to collaborate through an interactive video application for Web conferencing. It uses IBM Speech to Text to build a body of transcripts that can be instantly recalled after a meeting to facilitate knowledge management and collaboration.
7Watson Vision Services
With IBM Watson Visual Insights, developers now can build apps that reveal insights from social media images and video. By applying reasoning to the content of images, Watson is able to deliver deeper insights, assess trends and patterns, and get a more comprehensive view of what users are communicating to get the big picture. Wayin, a real-time digital marketing technology and services company, is using these capabilities to help brands discover the most compelling content that will persuade and drive marketing results.
8Watson Data Services
Watson’s data insight APIs enhance decision-making through continuous analysis and correlation of rich new data from various sources. For example, the Tradeoff Analytics service helps users optimize decisions while striking a balance between multiple, often conflicting, objectives. The service can be used to help make complex decisions like what mortgage to take or which laptop to purchase.
9Watson’s Way Forward
10IBM Cognitive Business Solutions
Based on Watson, Big Blue launched IBM Cognitive Business Solutions, a consulting organization that taps into IBM’s success with Watson’s cognitive computing and analytics, and draws on the expertise of more than 2,000 consulting professionals spanning machine learning, advanced analytics, data science and development. IBM is looking at its Cognitive Business initiative as the successor to the company’s previous strategic initiatives, including e-Business and Smarter Planet.