IBM’s Watson taking crash course in Japanese for SoftBank
IBM’s publicity-loving supercomputer Watson has a brand new job in Japan for wi-fi service SoftBank doing… one thing? It is job description there’s obscure up to now, however first it’s going to have to study Japanese, no small feat for a machine which has remained principally occidental to date. Watson is at the start a cognitive pc who’s job is to parse language and discover relationships between big quantities of knowledge. Meaning with a purpose to assist SoftBank — which has divisions all over the world, together with Dash Nextel within the US — it’s going to have to get a greater grasp of the language and tradition in Japan.
IBM and Softbank will collectively construct the Japanese language model of Watson, and SoftBank will resell and distribute the tech in Japan. As for what precisely it plans to do with Watson, the service stated it’s going to begin by tapping native builders to construct new options aimed toward its residence market. For its personal functions, it’s going to exploit IBM’s knack for pure language studying to assist shoppers and use its predictive skills to make higher enterprise selections.
Extra concretely, SoftBank might put Watson to make use of in subsequent-gen robots that might work as educating assistants or hospital aids, two areas the place the supercomputer already has some expertise. SoftBank additionally stated Watson would function in its native knowledge facilities. Within the US, Watson has gained Jeopardy, imitated Dr. Home and been a financier. Regardless of these feats, nevertheless, it has been a business failure to date, forcing IBM to bolster it just lately with a $one hundred million spherical of funding.
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