Quite a slew of “Robots will take our jobs” articles and AI future death of civilisation civilisation apocalypse FUD recently, so I thought I would undertake a quick investigation of the IBM Watson Developer Cloud which gives access to their cognitive computing APIs.
Watson’s Cookery book was an interesting read and Jeopardy game show appearance was a success…so good to see he is now branching out into more serious domains
Here below is the is the output from an entirely lightweight test of the Natural Language Classifier
We created something like this for Garlik to categorise the links relating to people spidered on the WWW into different topics areas. It is not easy to make this work in a useful way…
The sample classifier is trained on weather so lets try a weather question:
Q1 – “Is it raining outside?”
Output…Natural Language Classifier is 98% confident that the question submitted is talking about ‘conditions’.
Yup that seems OK
Let’s try something not about the weather to see if it discriminate out of context topics properly…
Q2 – “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers; A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked; If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?”
Output…Natural Language Classifier is 82% confident that the question submitted is talking about ‘temperature’.
Oh dear, 82% is pretty much a false positive. Ah well, never mind; still interesting though, but not sure I would pay for that yet!
There are plenty more API examples to play with and, well, I could go on tormenting the AI with more daft questions all day, but real work beckons…