On November 9th, IBM Watson released an experimental offering – Project Intu, Watson’s very first embodied cognition platform. Thank you to all the forward-thinking developers, creators and technology-enthusiasts who at joined us at Watson’s inaugural Developer Conference and participated in the initial launch. For the users who weren’t able to make the conference but still have had a chance to try it out, we hope you’ve had a great experience so far. As the first exclusive group of users for Project Intu, we want to make sure you have the latest and greatest news, information, and updates on this emerging technology.
So what’s happened since the Developer Conference? For starters, hundreds of users have registered on Intu’s Gateway, new users are using over 10 different API’s on Bluemix, and there have been millions of API calls over the past month. One user created a Spanish-speaking advisor that can answer questions about the history of Perú, places to visit, and even cognitive computing. Project Intu allowed the easy coordination of NLC, Conversation, SST and TTS services on a Nao robot, with future plans to incorporate Visual Recognition! Don’t have a Nao robot, try a Raspberry Pi instead! Learn more about how to implement Intu on a Raspberry Pi here.
Aside from using multiple services in a more seamless way, Intu also provides pre-trained capabilities or “behaviors” that act out responses. Have you wanted your embodiment to respond to a certain name? Or maybe let you know when it’s raining outside? Intu provides an additional cognitive layer to Watson’s ability to understand, reason and respond – Watson can now behave, create a presence. Intu is the system that coordinates the cognitive mind (cognitive services) with the body (embodiment) through which it can express itself. Following an agent-based models, these behaviors are completed by individual agents working together. To learn more about behaviors and creating your own, watch this video.
Maybe it’s not just new behaviors you want to create. You can also create your own instance of Conversation to train Watson on new intents, entities, and dialog. Create a new bot that automates responses to your company’s FAQs, becomes a travel advisor in Perú, or even just tells you your favorite jokes – all deployed through the embodiment of your choice. All you have to do is change the workspace IDs in the Intu Gateway to direct to your newly trained bot.
And finally, we’ve been listening to the early feedback and addressed several of the initial bugs around connection and access issues. To further the improvements , please fill out our super quick 3-minute survey. We want to make sure we deliver excellent experiences, so we need all the feedback we can get
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