Watson in the cloud
Now, in 2014, IBM expects to roll out Watson as a cloud-based service. What that means is that software developers of all kinds will be able to build a wide range of apps that can take advantage of the computer's cognitive computing power. In other words, an extremely powerful computer can be made available to almost any business, via the cloud. Think of it as Amazon Web Services with a serious cognitive computing kick.
Although IBM hopes many types of businesses will utilize Watson in the cloud, the company is launching with three partners. The first is Fluid, which is using Watson to help build online shopping experiences that retailers can use to lure in new customers. Essentially, it's personal shopping via the cloud.
Another customer is MD Buyline, which is used by hospitals and other healthcare systems to make real-time decisions about medical device purchasing based on information provided by Watson. IBM's computer will effectively be a cloud-based research assistant, offering fast answers and recommendations.
The last launch customer is Welltok, which uses Watson in the cloud as part of a system meant to provide consumers with "intelligent health itineraries." These are give people personalized health management plans based on conversations with Watson.
December 20, 2013 4:29 AM PST
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