IBM launched its free Watson Trend mobile application, an implementation of its system of cognitive computing Watson that aims to understand what are the trendy gifts for the holiday season. At least for now it’s only available for iOS, perhaps an experiment that is part of the collaboration with Apple in various uses of Watson, and therefore can be downloaded from the Apple Store.
Google has released a new search mobile application, already known as Google Search, in the version for Android and iOS. Now it offers the ability to answer complex questions, claiming to have made a significant step forward compared to previous capacity to interpre users’ requests. Now the app really understands the meaning of what the user is asking (for now only in English).
Google released its TensorFlow machine learning engine as a free / open source library. It’s the core of a software used by the company for services such as Google Now and Google Photo. It was originally developed by the Google Brain team, the deep learning project started in 2011 to address issues about artificial intelligence and neural networks.
After the rumors in recent days came the official confirmation of the agreement that will allow Dell to buy EMC, also known as EMC Corporation or EMC². There was talk of huge figures, around $50 billion, but this prediction has been largely superseded because Dell will pay a total of $67 billion. The payment will be of $33.15 for each EMC share of which 24.05 in cash and the rest in stock tracking, which are equity offerings linked to the evolution of the shares of VMware, a subsidiary of EMC that remains independent. This is the biggest acquisition in the technology world.
This week IBM announced the birth of a new business unit based on its cognitive computing system Watson. It’s called IBM Cognitive Business Solutions and intends to leverage this intelligence artificial to provide business consulting. The term cognitive business represents according to the company an application in this field of Watson, which becomes a kind of digital assistant that can provide suggestions based on the analysis of massive amounts of data.