IBM Watson Wants to Bring Cognitive Computing to Everyday Consumers

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watby Angela Guess

Rob High of IBM recently wrote in Forbes, “IDC predicts that by 2018, half of all consumers will interact with services based on cognitive computing on a regular basis. IBM’s Watson business, which is based in New York City, is opening a Watson hub in San Francisco. This will enable us to more closely collaborate with the local start ups, developers, venture capital groups, and academics we’re working with. We’ll host activities aimed at sparking a new wave of innovation built on advances in cognitive computing.IBM has long played a major role in Silicon Valley. We built a manufacturing plant there in 1943 and opened our IBM Research lab in San Jose in 1956 — since then producing a string of technology breakthroughs including the first disk drive, the first data mining algorithms and essential advances in nanotechnology.”

High goes on, “This move is part of a rapid evolution of our Watson technology and business. We’re also announcing a major expansion of the Watson Developer Cloud platform. We now offer more than 25 cognitive APIs underpinned by over 50 technologies that developers are pulling off the virtual shelves to quickly create cloud-based applications. Meanwhile, our roster of Watson ecosystem partners continues to grow, with 350 commercial partners building and the first 100 going into market.”

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