Watson, you’re improving! It looks like IBM’s Watson artificial system is becoming somewhat of terminator Skynet. It is not at all bad, really, but soon Watson might be able to find out what you were cooking last night and what Christmas presents you gave your girlfriend 5 years ago. Watson is growing stronger with every bit of information he gets and we all know that strength is power.
Ever since he was designed, Watson was destined for greatness. His initial purpose was to win Jeopardy, the TV quiz show that so many people are watching and are so fond of, but Watson transcended to a greater purpose and now he is no longer a simple computer, he is 12 clouds combined and developers can even enhance him with cognitive features.
The IBM has declared that, for the time being, there are above 100 commercial applications that have “a close relationship” with Watson as he aids them for their purposes. This is not where IBM wants to stop. The San Francisco event on Thursday also showed off some very cool computing services hoping that more developers will be eager to get in touch with Watson and his services.
What kind of services are we talking about? One of the most interesting ones is Visual Insights, a very “insightful” feature that basically looks at videos and images that are posted on different services like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and it is trying to find trends and patterns related to what people are posting.
While the tremendous amount of information is going to help fields like marketing and advertising expand, the power that this artificial intelligence is going to have is questionable. We are already unwillingly giving our permission to a good number of services to access our data, but now it looks like Watson is going to be able to see everything about everyone from everywhere.
It is a happy, yet sad development at the same time. We are creating tools that have the power to shape the world, but all these tools are put at the disposal or one or several powerful companies who will rule the world, directly or indirectly.
Either way, Watson seems to be a very promising accomplishment, an accomplishment that will shape the future.
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