International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) Launches Watson Developers Cloud
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) yesterday announced to make its Watson technology available to software application providers as cloud development platform to allow building next generation of apps. Watson, that won Jeopardy in 2011, is arguably the smartest supercomputer that thinks / speaks like a human.
The CEO Speak
The Chief Executive Officer at International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Ginni Rometty has earlier commented, “IBM is making Watson even more human. It will soon be able to ‘see’ meaning it can look at pictures or X-rays and understand them. Then it will be able to ‘reason,’ meaning argue and debate with a human. It is really, truly an advisor to a decision-making process.”
Watson Developers Cloud
Taking it to a next step, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) is now launching the Watson Developers Cloud to turn the supercomputer into a cloud that could host developer apps. The potential apps could be designed to use Watson’s already huge library or even to tap into company’s own data using Watson’s brain to work with. The company also mentioned to help developers find venture capitalist.
Some of the current Watson apps include, (i) Fluid, a retail app, that can chat about users purchases by turning Watson into a personal shopper; (ii) MD Buyline, that assists medical professionals while buying healthcare equipment; and (iii) Welltok, an app that provides you a health and fitness coach.
From the Gartner Report
Gartner Inc. (NYSE:IT) cited International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) Watson in its Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014 under Smart Machines. Gartner mentioned in the report that by 2020 smart machine era will blossom with contextually aware smart advisors like IBM Watson, intelligent personal assistants and autonomous vehicles. Gartner also expects enterprises as well as individuals to invest in and use own smart machines to ensure success.
In the report Gartner Inc. (NYSE:IT) identified The Era of Personal Cloud, Software Defined Anything, The Internet of Everything and 3-D Printing among other strategic technology trends.