IBM Extends 'Watson' Cognitive Technology to its Enterprise iOS Apps

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IBM announced at its "World of Watson" event in Las Vegas on Tuesday that it intends to combine the cognitive computing technology with its MobileFirst for iOS enterprise apps.

Watson is the company's cloud-based deep data analytics and natural language processing framework, which has previously seen limited use in secure cloud and analytics services for enterprise versions of Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit apps.


Apple and IBM first collaborated on the MobileFirst for iOS initiative in 2014 in an attempt to create business solutions built around Apple's mobile platform. By rolling out Watson to the MobileFirst program, IBM hopes to tailor Watson to integrate seamlessly with Apple's own speech framework and allow business users to develop Watson APIs for their own specific needs.

General manager of IBM's Apple partnership Mahmoud Naghshineh, described the vision ahead for the two companies in a press release.
"Apple and IBM set out more than two years ago to define the enterprise mobility market, ensuring that professionals could finally enjoy at work the same experience they'd come to expect as consumers. We are taking that to a whole new level by combining the power of Watson with the new speech framework of iOS 10. The combinations and possibilities are virtually endless."
One example of the benefits of the integration is the Passenger + app, which when enhanced with Watson allows flight attendants to deliver more personal and relevant customer care while inflight: staff can learn in advance whether travelers prefer priority seating and if they have a favorite snack or beverage, for example, allowing cabin crew to customize services tailored for the passenger.

Under the continuing partnership with Apple, IBM has been selling iOS devices to corporate customers and creating a wide range of enterprise-focused apps tailored to industries like retail, healthcare, banking, travel, transportation, and more.

In related news, last week it was revealed that IBM had managed to make serious savings by replacing PCs with Macs across its staff base, in another sign of the two companies' mutually beneficial partnership.

IBM began adopting Macs for its employees in mid-2015, quickly becoming one of Apple's largest corporate customers. In the first year, it deployed approximately 30,000 Macs, and with employees continuing to choose Macs over PCs, IBM now has 90,000 deployed Macs supported by five admins.

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another sign of the two companies' mutually beneficial partnership.
Speaking of mutually beneficial... Watson and IBM in general could really help Siri. I genuinely, firmly believe that starting with privacy first and working up is the best option for speech recognition in the long run.

It's the more difficult of the two options without a doubt; though by constraining what boundaries you have to work with and not taking the easy path will vastly benefit speech recognition. It means that almost anybody will eventually be able to utilise the technology without training the application, or requiring personalisation/cached information to work effectively.

I believe Apple are playing the long game once again, much as they were with their own chips. We won't immediately see the benefits, but we'll look back with hindsight and applaud their decision. I'm very excited to see what the next 5 years will bring us.
 

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Speaking of mutually beneficial... Watson and IBM in general could really help Siri. I genuinely, firmly believe that starting with privacy first and working up is the best option for speech recognition in the long run.

It's the more difficult of the two options without a doubt; though by constraining what boundaries you have to work with and not taking the easy path will vastly benefit speech recognition. It means that almost anybody will eventually be able to utilise the technology without training the application, or requiring personalisation/cached information to work effectively.

I believe Apple are playing the long game once again, much as they were with their own chips. We won't immediately see the benefits, but we'll look back with hindsight and applaud their decision. I'm very excited to see what the next 5 years will bring us.
Although I agree with your assessment of Apple's long play, I am not sure I agree with Watson helping out. The reason is that Watson is a Server/Cloud based only service. Apple keeps as much local on the device and only has non-identifiable information at the server/cloud level. This is there privacy approach so that nothing on their servers are useful to hackers or government. I think that Watson would require change to support the Apple approach. Of course I don't know the details so my statements are a guess or an opinion. If they could work together but keep Apple's privacy architecture then maybe there would be synergies.
 

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IBM announced at its "World of Watson" event in Las Vegas on Tuesday that it intends to combine the cognitive computing technology with its MobileFirst for iOS enterprise apps.

Watson is the company's cloud-based deep data analytics and natural language processing framework, which has previously seen limited use in secure cloud and analytics services for enterprise versions of Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit apps.


Apple and IBM first collaborated on the MobileFirst for iOS initiative in 2014 in an attempt to create business solutions built around Apple's mobile platform. By rolling out Watson to the MobileFirst program, IBM hopes to tailor Watson to integrate seamlessly with Apple's own speech framework and allow business users to develop Watson APIs for their own specific needs.

General manager of IBM's Apple partnership Mahmoud Naghshineh, described the vision ahead for the two companies in a press release.
One example of the benefits of the integration is the Passenger + app, which when enhanced with Watson allows flight attendants to deliver more personal and relevant customer care while inflight: staff can learn in advance whether travelers prefer priority seating and if they have a favorite snack or beverage, for example, allowing cabin crew to customize services tailored for the passenger.

Under the continuing partnership with Apple, IBM has been selling iOS devices to corporate customers and creating a wide range of enterprise-focused apps tailored to industries like retail, healthcare, banking, travel, transportation, and more.

In related news, last week it was revealed that IBM had managed to make serious savings by replacing PCs with Macs across its staff base, in another sign of the two companies' mutually beneficial partnership.

IBM began adopting Macs for its employees in mid-2015, quickly becoming one of Apple's largest corporate customers. In the first year, it deployed approximately 30,000 Macs, and with employees continuing to choose Macs over PCs, IBM now has 90,000 deployed Macs supported by five admins.

Article Link: IBM Extends 'Watson' Cognitive Technology to its Enterprise iOS Apps
[doublepost=1477502966][/doublepost]PWraps Watson can teach Siri how to pronounce words and maybe to understand more than the down words and tasks it sometimes get right just now? I like Apple Hardware but having to use Siri and Apple Maps in my car is so bad. Siri is just so far behind Google in comprehension and speech.
 

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I think Apple should really get in a deeper partnership/collaboration with IBM. They're not competitors, and IBM has some serious know-how in AI that could be implemented in all of Apple's technologies.
 
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