IBM has expanded its cognitive computing platform Watson, making the application program interface (API) broadly available to developers, entrepreneurs and businesses.
Among various new platform innovations, IBM has improved the Language service, which will now enable cognitive applications to understand the ambiguities of natural language in text.
Through the IBM Watson Natural Language Classifier, developers who do not have a background in machine learning will also be able to develop products and applications that understand intent and meaning.
With IBM Watson Dialog, developers will be able to make app interactions more natural by creating conversations that are customised according to individual style, while IBM Watson Retrieve and Rank is designed to improves QA information retrieval using machine learning to help users find out difficult information.
To allow developers to create mobile apps in multiple languages the company is advancing IBM Speech to Text and IBM Text to Speech services by adding new tools.
The company has also introduced the first set of developer tools, which aims to reduce the time taken to combine Watson APIs and data sets.
The tools are designed to make it easy to embed Watson APIs in any form factor from mobile devices, cloud services, and connected systems.
IBM also announced the opening of a new Watson hub in San Francisco, broadening the company’s presence in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area.