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IBM’s Watson Group Invests In Fluid And Its Cognitive Assistant For Online Shoppers

watsonpixnwqEarlier this year The Semantic Web Blog covered the launch of the IBM Watson Group, a new business unit to create an ecosystem around Watson Cloud-delivered cognitive apps and services. One of the partners announced at that time was Fluid Inc., which is developing a personal shopper for ecommerce that leverages Watson. Today, the Watson Group is pushing that partnership forward by drawing from the $100 million that IBM has earmarked for direct investments in cognitive apps in order to invest in Fluid and in helping deliver what it says will be “the first-ever cognitive assistant for online shoppers into the marketplace.”

At the previous event in January, Fluid CEO Kent Deverell discussed and demonstrated the Expert Personal Shopper, now known as the Fluid Expert Shopper (XPS). Still in development, it takes advantage of Watson’s ability to understand the context of consumers’ questions in natural language, draw upon what it learns from users via its interactions with them, and match that against insights uncovered from huge amounts of data around a product or category – including a brand’s product information, user reviews and online expert publications — to deliver a personalized e-commerce shopping experience via desktops, tablets and smartphones.

The first Fluid XPS prototype is being developed for customer outdoor apparel and equipment retailer, The North Face, which Deverell showcased at the previous event.

At the IBM event in January, Deverell painted a picture of the difference between the experience consumers have with a great sales person vs. traditional ecommerce. Good salespeople, he said, “are personal, proactive conversational,” whereas e-commerce is data-driven. He told the audience at the event that Fluid wants to combine the best of both worlds. “A great sales associate makes you feel good about your purchase,” he said, and he envisions Fluid XPS doing the same through natural conversation, the ability to learn about the users’ needs, “to go as deep as you need to and resurface and provide relevant recommendations.”

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Semantic Technology Jobs: IBM

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IBM is looking for a Big Data Developer to travel up to 100% of the time. According to the post, “The Big Data Developer will work with the Big Data Development Lead on the build out and execution of the given technical or scientific use case using IBM’s big data platform and appropriate programming techniques. This role is a resource with demonstrated technical design and development expertise with experience in the Big Data space. This person should have hands on development experience in some of the technologies including – Hadoop, HBase, Hive, Pig, Jaql, Lucene, Avro, Zookeeper, R and UIMA technologies. This person has demonstrated skills in Java, C++, Python, Unix script development, modeling NoSql data stores and has a demonstrated understanding of working with MapR or map reduced type programming.” Read more

Last Day to Enter the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge

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NEW YORK, April 10, 2014 / PRNewswire / — In my last blog entry, I covered the announcement of the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. The Watson Mobile Developer Challenge is designed to catalyze mobile developers to explore the opportunity around mobile cognitive computing – bringing the power of Watson to a smartphone or other mobile device. Entrants submit proposals for mobile apps, and the finalists – to be announced at IBM Impact 2014 - will receive access to IBM Interactive Studios experts and Watson APIs in order to bring their vision to reality. Read more

Watson and the Future of Cognitive Computing

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Alex Philp recently wrote for IBM Data Magazine, “The Watson cognitive computing engine is rapidly evolving to recognize geometry and geography, enabling it to understand complex spatial relationships. As Watson combines spatial with temporal analytics and natural language processing, it is expected to derive associations and correlations among streaming data sets evolving from the Internet of Things. Once these associations and correlations occur, Watson can combine the wherewhat, and when cognitive dimensions into causal explanations about why. Putting the where into Watson represents a key evolutionary milestone into understanding cause-effect relationships and extracting meaningful insights about natural and synthetic global phenomena.” Read more

Why Artificial Intelligence is the Next Tech Trend

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Dominic Basulto of The Washington Post recently wrote, “For more than 50 years, we’ve been hearing about the promise of artificial intelligence and intelligent machines, but most of the big success stories to date – the IBM Watsons of the world – have been the result of massive efforts by universities and corporate R&D labs rather than by emerging start-ups. That could change soon, as artificial intelligence shows signs of becoming the next big trend for tech start-ups in Silicon Valley. First of all, there’s the anecdotal evidence about deals getting done for promising new AI startups. One of the most talked about VC deals in March, for example, was a $40 million round for Vicarious FPC, an artificial intelligence company that had so much hype around it that the biggest names of the tech world – including Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk (and Ashton Kutcher) – lined up to participate.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: IBM

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IBM is looking for a Semantic Wed Intern at Research Triangle Park, NC. The post states, “As the Semantic Web Intern, candidate will develop a Sales Transaction Support (STS) Quote-To-Cash Process Collaboration Server as a proof of concept using semantic web technologies.” Expectations of this position include: “Build a prototype for STS Quote To Cash process execution server. This will be a prototype capability that would include, in working mode: Definition and description of STS ontology (vocabularies); Creation of cloud-based tool allowing to enter/update/retrieve STS (Sales Transaction Support) vocabularies (process definitions) and enable process transformation collaboration model with social, mobile, analytics, cloud; Capture and management of process execution pain points and collaborative capture of ideas by practitioners to improve.” Read more

Semantic Technology Jobs: IBM

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IBM is looking for a Watson Algorithm Developer anywhere in the United States. According to the post, “IBM Watson is ushering in the next phase of Cognitive Computing and in doing so is tackling some of humanity’s most challenging problems – e.g. revolutionizing how doctors research cancer or transforming how businesses engage with their customers. We have an exciting opportunity for software engineers and algorithm developers to join our driven, highly visible Watson North American development organization.  The Watson team is responsible for building and extending the Watson technology into new market segments for our clients. You will join the team of research and development professionals who are applying this exciting, ground-breaking natural language processing and machine learning technology to some of the most complex and demanding challenges of today.” Read more

Let Your Enterprise Graph Tell You A Story

entgrafEvery picture tells a story, don’t it? Well, turns out that’s true in the enterprise as much as on our Facebook pages. In this case, the picture is the enterprise graph of the workforce – who interacts with whom, when, in what context. And the story is what the patterns of interactions revealed by the graph may say about employee engagement, influence, and how to better leverage all that to the business’ – and the employees’ — benefit.

When Marie Wallace, IBM analytics strategist, looks at social and collaborative networks and other sources of enterprise communications and channels for business processes, such as CRM systems, “I am interested in the narrative,” she told an audience at the Sentiment Analytics Symposium earlier this month. “There is a lot of information in CRM systems – who met with whom, what industry the client is in, what products were presented. All this is valuable and contributes to the enterprise graph.”

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The New York Genome Center And IBM Watson Group Announce Collaboration To Advance Genomic Medicine

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NEW YORK, March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The New York Genome Center (NYGC) and IBM today announced an initiative to accelerate a new era of genomic medicine with the use of IBM’s Watson cognitive system. IBM and NYGC will test a unique Watson prototype designed specifically for genomic research as a tool to help oncologists deliver more personalized care to cancer patients.

 

NYGC and its medical partner institutions plan to initially evaluate Watson’s ability to help oncologists develop more personalized care to patients with glioblastoma, an aggressive and malignant brain cancer that kills more than 13,000 people in the U.S. each year. Read more

Take Sentiment Analytics And Make It Better, Better, Better, Better, Better, Oh

hjThere’s room for improvement in sentiment and text analytics technology: Greater reliability, more accessibility, and increased businesss actionability should be on the agenda.

“There are still tools that are crashing in the middle of a brand crisis or there’s not adequate support or there’s no integration with other tools that need the data,” Chris Boudreaux, global lead, social media and text analytics at Accenture, told an audience gathered at last week’s Sentiment Analysis Symposium. “The industry has to grow up and be more accountable in delivering tools and services.”

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