IBM Watson’s APIs are available today
so teams may ramp up quickly and use IBM’s cognitive computing engine. From IBM Watson’s site, it seems like anyone may build against their cognitive computing platform. In addition, your team may submit to be ‘Featured’ in their application Gallery. Explore the library of featured applications produced by this partnership.
At the time of this writing, there were 14 applications.
Several of these apps have been created by IBM to showcase their technology. IBM Watson APIs are categorized into ‘Services’ used:
- Natural Language Classifier
- AlchemyData News
- Personality Insights
- Tradeoff Analytics
- Speech to Text
- Language Translation
- Text to Speech
- Visual Recognition
- Concept Insights
- Relationship Extraction
They sound like AI,BI comprehensive services, but in full disclosure, I’ve not read though the API docs available by IBM. It can be found here, grouped by IBM Watson’s Cognitive Services.
One of the applications powered by IBM Watson in their gallery is a “News Explorer”,
which leverages the Service ‘AlchemyData News’.
The app runs in a browser, and consists of 5 main User Interface components. The centrally placed, “News Network” widget similar to a mind map, correlates articles, companies, organizations, and people. Visually it displays these components and their relationships in groupings similar to a relationship tree.
The left side of the screen has a table called ‘Details’, one column with short descriptions of the stories. From the UI perspective, it enables users to follow the data from left to right, from details to graphical representations.
The right most side of the screen contains a world map leveraged as a heat map in which all the News is derived.
Right under the ‘Locations’ widget, there is a ‘Topics’ tag cloud.
In addition to UI drill down within the widgets, there is a comprehensive search capacity.
Are you ready to compete with Siri, or Cortana, or build your own Expert solution? Looks like IBM is empowering you to do so!