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Oscar Williams

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IBM unveils its “largest ever” release of new Watson AI services

IBM has rolled out a suite of new Watson solutions and services tailor made for nine industries – in what it describes as its largest ever AI toolset release.

The new tools are aimed at people working in agriculture, customer service, human resources, supply chain management, manufacturing, building management, automotive, marketing and advertising.

IBM claims the tools will enable professionals in these sectors to gather and make sense of data from a range of sources across their business. Water Decision Platform for Agriculture, for example, provides a predictive view of water on a farm using data about weather, connected tractors and irrigators, and satellite imagery.

“As data flows continue to increase, people are overwhelmed by the amount of information we have to act on every day, but luckily the information explosion coincides with another key technological advance: artificial intelligence,” said David Kenny, senior vice president, IBM Cognitive Solutions.

“AI is the tool professionals need to take advantage of the data that’s now at our fingertips and tailoring general AI for specific industries and professions is a critical way to enable everyone to reach new potential in their daily jobs.”

IBM is far from alone in trying to encourage businesses to put AI and machine learning to use. In July, Google unveiled a range of services aimed at democratising access to machine learning. And just this week, Microsoft revealed a Cortana Skills Kit for Enterprise to make it easier for developers to embed the company’s AI assistant into their apps.