IBM Watson is Learning Japanese from SoftBank and Helping Businesses There
IBM and SoftBank have announced a new partnership that is going to benefit not only IBM but technological advancements in general. IBM Watson, the super smart artificially intelligent super computer is now going to learn a new language.
Under the deal that has been announced recently, SoftBank is going to help train the AI system in learning Japanese. This will be the first time that it is learning something that is not based on the western lingual basics.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg; the goal that they hope to achieve is adoption of cognitive computing in other business enterprises all around the world – starting with Japan.
If and when everything goes according to the plan – and IBM Watson is as good a Japanese as any one else in the region – new apps as well as services will be launched to incorporate services offered by the AI system into fields like education, banking, healthcare, insurance and retail companies.
Ken Miyauchi the Chief Operating Officer and Representative Director of SoftBank believes that learning the language is not only going to enhance his capabilities but also help the businesses in the technological advancements:
Through this strategic alliance, we are excited that SoftBank and IBM will further develop IBM Watson with Japanese language capability and drive its adoption in the Japanese market. Watson’s technology, which analyzes large volumes of data, and can understand and answer complex questions posed in natural, is in harmony with SoftBank Group’s corporate mission of ‘Information Revolution – Happiness for Everyone.’ We believe the technology will be applied to a broad range of areas, from enterprise to consumer sectors, and create new value for people.
Similarly, senior vice president of IBM Watson, Mike Rhodin says that the partnership will help in integrating Watson with businesses in Japan in order to build “a rich ecosystem of partners, entrepreneurs, developers and other third-parties to design and deliver an entirely new class of cognitive computing apps.”
Imagine the kind of boost that it can give to the way businesses make decisions when they will have something like IBM Watson at their disposal. I am looking at pretty fluid business makings already!