IBM has planned innovative new capabilities for IBM Watson, designed to help scale the use of AI by businesses.
Developed by IBM Research, the new capabilities are designed to improve the automation of AI, provide a higher degree of precision in natural language processing, and foster greater trust in outcomes derived from AI predictions.
“Today’s announcement reiterates IBM’s focus on helping clients innovate across all three foundations of AI – natural language processing, building trust, and automation. IBM Research India has been a key partner and leader in IBM’s AI advancements with a focus on Trustworthy AI initiatives and along with the US team (IBM Research Yorktown) conceptualized the core idea of AI FactSheets. For instance, Watson Discovery can natively understand documents in Hindi and extract meaning, without having to resort to any translation to English — an outcome of our collaboration with IIT Bombay’s Center for Indian Language Technology as a part of IBM’s AI Horizon Network. “Said Gargi Dasgupta –Director, IBM Research India.
“India has taken positive steps to establish a leadership role in AI and IBM-IITB AIHN (AI Horizon Network) project is an important step – both for science and technology and for India’s progress. The collaboration is focused on automation of cognition and perception, with emphasis on cutting edge research, high-quality publications and open and widely usable AI resources. There are social and commercial needs, whose servicing requires user interaction and information dissemination in Indian languages (IL).Through our partnership with IBM, we have been able to use machine learning for IL-NLP and address challenges related to the low resource, understanding of Hindi language sense, intent, sentiment and more. In two years, the endeavor has seen stellar publications coming out of the collaboration and creation of quality software (in NLP, Speech and Multimodal AI). “Said Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Professor – Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT- Bombay.
IBM also announced plans to commercialize IBM Research-developed ‘AI Factsheets’ in Watson Studio in Cloud Pak for Data throughout the next year. Like nutrition labels for foods or information sheets for appliances, AI Factsheets are designed to provide information about a product’s important characteristics. Standardizing and publicizing this information will help build trust in AI services across the industry.