We all know IBM Watson is the insanely popular and expensive supercomputer that beat two former winners of Jeopardy. IBM and its various partners will now be using the system as a customer service agent. The feature is called “Ask Watson,” it will be programmed to answer questions through a variety of mediums including but not limited to smartphone apps, email, web chats and SMS. This feature is also likely to be hooked up with voice recognition as well by some partners, which will definitely make it infinitely more powerful than Siri. IBM’s partners include Nielsen, IHS, Royal Bank of Canada, ANZ Bank etc.
Watson will be powering the customer service systems of these partners, who will all develop their own branding and interface. These “Ask Watson” enabled apps are expected to released in the next few months, though at first they’re likely to be internally tested. The fact remains though, this will actually be the first time many people will get to query the great IBM Watson. Wouldn’t it be amazingly cool to be able to ask a supercomputer questions?
Seen at: forbes
Approximately two weeks from now, Apple will unveil iOS 7 at WWDC 2013, due to take place on the 10th of June. A lot has been rumored about the upcoming iOS platform update, today’s rumor hints at possible integration of Vimeo and Flicker in iOS 7. In the past we’ve seen Apple slowly but deeply integrated Twitter and Facebook in to its mobile platform. The integration will reportedly be similar to that of Facebook and Twitter, third party apps will be able to access these services as well.
This doesn’t seem like a far-fetched idea. OS X already has both of these services integrated, it’s not like Apple would be going in to uncharted waters. Users will reportedly be able to upload photos directly to Flickr and Vimeo, though it is also said that since the integration isn’t fully ready, there’s a possibility it might come as a firmware update in the future. From a user’s point of view, do you think you will gain any benefit from having these two services integrated in to iOS 7? As always, Apple has not commented on this rumor. We’ll know for sure come June 10th.
Seen at: theverge