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IBM Makes Watson Available via API

IBM Makes Watson Available via API | Big Data | Scoop.it
IBM has upped the ante in the API game by making its Watson question-answering system available as a service. That’s right, Watson could soon power your smartphone app.
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luiy's curator insight, November 14, 2013 6:20 AM

IBM didn’t have to flaunt its debatable cloud dominance over Amazon Web Services on the sides of public buses if it wanted to upstage the cloud kingpin at its user conference this week — Big Blue could have just led with the news that its famous, Jeopardy!-champ-destroying Watson system is now available as a cloud service.

 

That’s right: Developers who want to incorporate Watson’s ability to understand natural language and provide answers need only have their applications make a REST API call to IBM’s new Watson Developers Cloud. “It doesn’t require that you understand anything about machine learning other than the need to provide training data,” Rob High, IBM’s CTO for Watson, said in a recent interview about the new platform.

Fàtima Galan's curator insight, November 15, 2013 8:20 AM

"In order to encourage programmers to take advantage of the platform, IBM is working with venture capital firms — including New Enterprise Associates — to support and fund startups using the Watson API."

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Billions of API calls traversing Web, redefining “software” | ZDNet

Billions of API calls traversing Web, redefining “software” | ZDNet | Big Data | Scoop.it
APIs are quickly becoming the application glue for the Web with billions of calls per day making some companies billions of dollars per year, accordin...
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