IBM will launch a coherent AI platform by 2018, as it seeks to accelerate its efforts to develop a unified platform for artificial intelligence (AI) across all platforms, its chief executive officer said on Tuesday.
“We are taking the opportunity to build a platform that can help us accelerate AI for all platforms,” Jim Jacobs told the annual Symposium on Advanced Analytics.
Jacobs said the coherence platform, which will work with IBM Watson and AI platform firm Cogent, will help IBM “be the AI platform that drives our businesses”.
Jacobs said Watson and Cogen will work together to “build a platform for AI that is smarter, more agile, more resilient and more flexible than any previous platform” and is able to tackle complex tasks more quickly.
The coherence AI platform will enable IBM to “deliver a faster, more efficient, and more accurate AI experience across all IBM Watson, Watson Enterprise and Cogs,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs also announced that IBM would build a new Watson platform to run on the new AI platform.
“This is going to be an AI platform, and it’s going to run across all our Watson platforms, so that’s going the way of the dodo bird,” he said.
“The new Watson Platform will have a single architecture.
It’s going a step further than that.
It will have the ability to do deep learning, to do machine learning, and also support a lot of other AI-like tasks.”
Jacobs said that Watson and Watson Enterprise will work “together to build the most intelligent, most robust, most scalable, most efficient and fastest AI platform ever”, adding that IBM is working to make it “the most AI platform of any kind”.
The new AI-based platform will be capable of “driving real-time AI applications, from real-world problems, to the deep web and beyond”, Jacobs said, and “enable intelligent search and analysis, and build powerful AI solutions.”
Jacobs also said that IBM will build an AI system for use in a wide range of areas, including financial services, healthcare, healthcare data, medical devices and health analytics.
Jacobs and Watson will work closely together on the platform, he said, to enable IBM Watson to provide “world-class AI services across a wide array of applications”.
Jacobs also talked about the impact of Watson’s use of AI, and the “predictive” power of the platform.
Jacobs called the predictive power of Watson “unbelievable”.
“I don’t know that anyone in the industry, in the history of the field, has done this at this scale,” he told the Symposium.
“If you are a large company, you are going to have to think hard about what you are doing with the data that you have, and you are not going to think about what is happening with the prediction that you are making.”
Jacobs told Symposium attendees that the Watson platform is “really the single point of control for all of the systems that you do”.
IBM Watson will be able to use Watson’s predictive power to “find the right data for you, and deliver the right information at the right time”.
Jacobs added that Watson will also “provide a way for you to see the data, the context of the data,” and be able “see the context in which the data is coming from, so you can take that information and apply it to the real world”.
IBM will also be able use Watson to create “smart, rich experiences” on its cloud platforms, and use Watson “to build a more intelligent, more effective, and safer world”.
Jacobs has been working at IBM for two decades, and has overseen the creation of the company’s Watson platform, Watson for Business, for the last five.
Jacobs was one of the main creators of Watson, which was developed in conjunction with IBM in 2007.
The Watson platform was initially developed by the team at IBM in response to the “unintended consequences of the big data explosion”, and later used in conjunction to create the Big Blue Code for Data Science and Analytics, which is used by more than 200 companies.
IBM Watson was used to build Watson for Financial Services, which also created the Watson for Health, which uses Watson for Healthcare and Watson for Finance to create an “AI-like” platform for the healthcare industry.
Jacobs previously was IBM’s chief executive, before becoming IBM’s CEO in 2012.
Jacobs told attendees at the Symposia that Watson is “the world’s most powerful, most intelligent and most flexible platform”, and has “the potential to revolutionise how the world operates”.
Jacobs described Watson as a “platform that is going through a transformation”, saying that Watson’s ability to “see context” will “become the key to a world where there is greater transparency and greater efficiency”.
Jacobs is also one of many who have been working on Watson for more than a decade.
IBM has already built a new AI system, which Jacobs said