IBM’s Watson can now ‘understand the language of business’

IBM has launched a series of new IBM Watson technologies designed to ‘help organisations begin identifying, understanding and analyzing some of the most challenging aspects of the English language with greater clarity, for greater insights’. Natural language processing (NPL) capabilities developed by IBM researchers in the framework of Project Debater (an artificial intelligence (AI) system able to debate humans on complex topics) are integrated into Watson (an advanced AI system developed by IBM) to allow, for example, the identification and analysis of idioms and colloquialisms. The company will also integrate other Project Debater technologies into Watson, including techniques designed for advanced sentiment analysis, summarisation, and advanced topic clustering.