Then along came the graphic user interface, the mouse, and point and click. The iPhone brought a new version of touch to the computer interface and so did Siri starting with the iPhone 4s four years ago. Siri has matured and become more integrated into iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and now Apple TV.
You know what Siri really needs to become the best computer user interface in the 21st century?
Elementary, My Dear Watson!
News on the streets confirmed that IBM has delivered over 100 business apps for iOS in its ongoing and growing partnership with Apple. That means more than a dozen different industries, with dozens of professions have access to customized apps for their business– from IBM– that work exclusively on Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
You know what else IBM could bring to the tech giant love fest? Watson. Siri needs Watson. Watson needs Siri.
What is Watson?
Watson is a question answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language… Watson was named after IBM’s first CEO and industrialist Thomas J. Watson. The computer system was specifically developed to answer questions on the quiz show Jeopardy! In 2011, Watson competed on Jeopardy! against former winners Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. Watson received the first place prize of $1 million.
Alright, that’s chump change because Watson probably cost a gazillion times more to develop, but it doesn’t matter. Watson is a giant computer system capable of scanning more information in a second than any human mind, and that makes Watson very good at answering questions. Any question. Watson gathers a massive amount of data, analyzes the data, and generates hypotheses and answers to queries.
Guess what Siri does?
Siri parses keywords, gathers and analyzes data, and matches context based upon time, date, keywords, and previous queries.
You know where Siri and Watson should team up? Apple Watch.
If ever there is to be an artificial intelligence for the masses it will come from a pairing of a user friendly interface which runs on hundreds of millions of devices with a massively complex and ultra fast backend computing system which gathers data, analyzes data, and parses keywords to create a response to match the intent of the query.
Fortunately, great minds think alike and both IBM and Apple are working to bring Watson and Siri together, starting first with the made-for-business apps that both companies are working on right now.
Here’s what I want to know.
Is Watson smart enough to analyze game day conditions, personnel pairings, and historical data to predict the outcome of my fantasy football teams?