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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

IBM and Salesforce Partner with Watson

I agree with the statement that cognitive systems will continue to touch increasing numbers of people.  If this will be by Watson, and how soon it will become universal, is still unclear.   In TechCrunch:

IBM and Salesforce Partner to Sell Watson and Einstein

" ... The new partnership amounts to a way for IBM to sell consulting services across both Salesforce’s Einstein and IBM’s Watson AI-branded businesses.

Insights from Watson will now be available directly in Salesforce’s Intelligent Customer Success platform, mixing Einstein’s customer relationship data with Watson’s stores of structured and unstructured data that include weather, healthcare, financial services and retail, the companies said.

“Within a few years, every major decision — personal or business — will be made with the help of AI and cognitive technologies,” said Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and chief executive officer, IBM, in a statement.

Rometty said that IBM expects Watson to “touch” 1 billion people — through everything from oncology and retail to tax preparation and cars (no word on whether they’re also including advertising in that figure, but they may be… IBM runs a lot of Watson ads).   ... " 

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