Watson, IBM Robot That Won TV Game Show “Jeopardy” Goes Japanese

Posted: Feb 18 2016, 7:40am CST | by , in News | Latest Business News


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Watson, the IBM robot that won the TV game show “Jeopardy!” is going Japanese, because IBM and SoftBank have partnered to take Watson’s question-and-answer capabilities for integration into Japanese culture and language – effectively turning Watson into a Japanese - the New York Times reports.

IBM desires that SoftBank would develop a number of cognitive functions for Watson so as to help it carry out certain tasks such as parsing language, interacting in sympathetic manners, and being able to analyze required information from a huge cache of scientific data.

It is also expected that with computer cognitive abilities, Watson should be able to function like a next-generation robot for automated tasks in classrooms – such as answering students’ questions, or being used to aid patient care in hospitals.

Under this agreement, SoftBank will distribute, resell and host IBM’s technology for Watson while also enabling private developers to design new features and related products for the initiative.

“This will help us accelerate and advance the use of cognitive technologies in new parts of the world,” said Stephen Gold, vice president of IBM’s Watson Group. “It’s bigger and broader than a single thing.”

Spokesman for SoftBank Telecom, Naoyuki Nakagaki, disclosed that his company would be able to open new opportunities in the Japanese market with the Japanese-enabled Watson, adding that “We believe Watson will help differentiate SoftBank Telecom’s product offerings among telecommunications and other commoditized services.”

Although SoftBank in December entered into a deal with General Electric to distribute the latter’s big-data analysis technology, months before SoftBank’s deal with IBM, Nakagaki would not comment on how this impacts on his company’s deal with IBM.

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