November 9, 2016 | Written by: Shantenu Agarwal
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What is embodied cognition? Through Project Intu, an experimental offering from IBM, you can combine IBM Watson services to not only augment intelligence, but also to expand human senses and abilities Intu physical embodiment. It brings Watson’s abilities to understand, reason, and learn beyond the static screen to draw it closer to the natural ways in which humans live and work.
Cognitive computing is not always straightforward. Getting multiple APIs to work together can be tricky. Developing applications and functionality takes time. Putting new technology on existing or new devices is not always possible. With Project Intu, systems can converse and cooperate with humans, bringing new levels of self-agency and self-understanding. From simple chat conversations with an avatar to more complex situations like becoming a workplace companion, Project Intu aspires to makes it easier.
Project Intu’s strength is in dynamic environments and immersive experiences. Project Intu has the ability to react to ever-changing situations and acting out the best response, whereas traditional orchestrations (think Node-Red) are optimal for command-to-action scenarios. When it comes to scale of both the actions and the use of the services, Project Intu’s extensibility enables you to quickly add new behaviors with minimum coding rather than having to manage an ever growing logic tree.
Project Intu is a platform that:
- Extends cognitive services to new devices bringing reasoning and learning in the physical world with minimum coding
- Ties together multiple services with different external sensors, actuators, and services
- Uses pre-trained capabilities or “Behaviors” that work across various devices and operating systems enrich and create an immersive experience
- Connects disparate and trained knowledge sources together and integrate 3rd-party services for robust experience
Taking the feedback provided, IBM has worked hard to improve Watson, to make Watson easier to use and more accessible for everyone. This means no more countless hours trying to orchestrate all the different APIs to work together, prebuilt capabilities to speed up functionality that are standardized across devices and the ability to enable behaviors and unique interactions to use more devices (think Raspberry Pis, avatars, or even cars).
We’ve provided a gateway that lets you plug your system into Watson and start playing immediately, no complex coding necessary. Project Intu helps you deliver the experiences your customers and businesses are asking for, conveniently and seamlessly, whether its through an avatar, an IoT device, or your own homemade device.
Take a closer look at Project Intu and see how you can use it to fit your needs. You can also watch some videos with project leaders to learn more. Project Intu is still in the experimental stage, and we welcome your feedback. So, try it, share it, and give us your feedback so that it can continue to evolve to meet your needs.