Artificial Intelligence

IBM Watson is turning Japanese, with Softbank’s help

Alex KlokusFebruary 11th 2015
  • “This is the first time we’ve committed all the way through to think in Japanese,” John Gordon, VP, IBM Watson Group, told Mashable. Thinking in Japanese should give Watson a much clearer understanding of the meaning of Japanese text and spoken words.
  • Watson is currently working all over the world — Australia, Singapore, the UK — but, invariably, he operates in English. IBM has never before tried to make the machine “think” in the native language.
  • Softbank, which is making an undisclosed financial investment in Watson, plans to work with IBM to develop localized APIs that third-party companies can use to tap into Watson’s cloud-based cognitive system. Softbank will host the Watson system in its 14 data centers located throughout Japan.

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