“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.