IBM Collaborates With Developers For AI, Machine Learning

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 27, 2017

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Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning and IoT have been some core areas companies are taking keen interest on for sometime now.

IT major IBM aims to collaborate with developers in India to skill them in these new technology trends for which it is conducting roadshows in three cities including Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad from June 28 to July 1.

“We are working with developers all over the world. From India’s perspective, we think it is the right time for developers to work on technology areas like AI, ML, data science and we want to help them in their journey,” IBM India/SA Country Leader Developer Ecosystem and Startups Seema Kumar told, as per a Gadgets Now.

She mentioned that beyond just relevant tools, developers are offering mentorship and guidance for their projects. “Through the roadshow, we hope to reach out to hundreds of developers in these cities,” she said.

She added that IBM also sees potential in areas such as IoT and Hybrid cloud and that using IBM technology such as Watson, developers can bring to the table problem solving solutions not just for their community but also others.

IBM Watson is a cognitive “question answering” supercomputer system that can analyze huge amount of data. It can comprehend natural language and help businesses take decisions.

Watson, named after IBM’s first CEO, Thomas J Watson, was designed as a learning system that could answer questions posed in natural language, as part of IBM’s DeepQA project. It was in fact was developed to participate in the quiz show Jeopardy in 2011 and managed to beat the reigning champions. (Click here to read more)

Early last year IBM brought Watson to India in Manipal Hospital’s Oncology department, Watson is now being used to help make decisions about cancer care and treatment. It is drawing on its previous ‘knowledge’ of cancer cases, trawling through vast amounts of medical data to arrive at diagnosis and advise treatment. Watson’s been learning oncology for a while, mainly at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in the USA, but also learning from being deployed at over a dozen hospitals in North America for the past three years.

“Using the best of cognitive and cloud technologies, we want to empower these developers to innovate and build next- gen startups and enterprises,” Kumar said.

According to a recent survey done by IBM in collaboration with Oxford Economics, startups can exploit a range of attributes and advantages unique to India. More than 76 percent of Indian executives pointed to India’s economic openness as a major business advantage, while 60 percent identified India’s skilled workforce and 57 percent of the executives said that India’s large domestic market provides significant advantages.

“Startups are redefining the Indian economy by being the catalysts for technology innovation and collaboration.  The Indian startup community; ranked third globally in terms of number of startups has been creating new job opportunities and attracting capital investment. We believe that startups need to focus on societal problems like healthcare, sanitation, education, transportation, alternate energy management and others, which would help deal with the issues that India and the world face. These require investments in deep technology and products which are built to scale globally,” said Nipun Mehrotra, Chief Digital Officer, IBM India-South Asia. (Click here to read more)

Also, as per industry reports, India will be the hub of world’s largest developer by 2020, with three million programmers in the country. India has emerged as a major hub for developers, overtaking the US in 2016 to become the largest country in terms of interest in mobile developer courses, according to tech giant Google.