January 9, 2018 | Written by: Robert Rios
Categorized: AI/Watson | Business Partner | Developer
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I love my job. Every day presents a new challenge, and with it, innovative solutions.
As a Software Developer at BlueChasm, I work on building enterprise solutions that harness the power of IBM’s AI technologies to revolutionize the way that our clients run their businesses.
BlueChasm is a digital development company that works on building and running open digital and AI platforms. We use AI technologies to help clients solve problems with solutions that easily integrate into their workflows.
We know that if you have a problem, you’re looking for solutions that avoid creating new problems associated with implementation. With this in mind, we design our solutions to conform with existing standards, thereby creating transformative value for our clients without the frequently associated roadblocks like higher costs, steep learning curves and long down times.
Revolutionizing the video industry
In many ways, BlueChasm serves as the glue between IBM Watson APIs and the companies that want to use them. We help bundle these capabilities in easy-to-use ways.
Before I was a software developer, I used to be a video editor. When I was first exposed to Watson’s visual recognition capabilities, I instinctively knew that these technologies could make a big difference in the video industry, which can be quite labor intensive. A two-second shot can take hours or even days to locate within video footage.
To address this challenge, we developed VideoRecon, which uses visual recognition and speech-to-text APIs to create an interface that enables clients to rapidly conduct visual and audio searches of their own data.
The search works via tags and keywords. For video without tags, we break the film down into single frames, then batch it to Watson to be assigned tags. Data within video that was not categorized or readily available is instantly unlocked.
The transformative power of AI
AI technologies enable us to help our clients address challenges thought to be insurmountable or unavoidable. One of our clients is a media company that produces documentaries. They film large amounts of B-roll footage, which can take hours to scroll through for just a few seconds of a specific shot. We used a custom classifier in Watson Visual Recognition to train Watson to recognize different types of shots, like wide angles, close ups, aerial shots, and so on. Now, using our solution, the client can sort through B-roll footage and find the type of shot they need much faster, saving their video editors hours and hours of time.
We’re also applying AI technologies to help our clients learn from past mistakes and use data to help address issues they thought were unsolvable. A client in the oil and gas industry has a high level of employee turnover, making it hard for new people to find the information they need. While they conduct extensive exit interviews to capture what employees have seen, it was difficult to search through the video to readily find lessons learned. Using our solution, they can now do a keyword search of script or video to help new employees find the information that they need within seconds, helping cut down on search time and avoid repeating past mistakes.
Often our clients don’t realize how much data they already have at their fingertips. By making it possible to more fully access their own data, we help our clients create near endless opportunities to do things that they couldn’t do before.
AI technologies free our clients from outdated processes, and expand their horizons by creating new capabilities from data that they’re already capturing.