I have no confidence in Entities.

I have something I need to confess. I have a personal hatred of Entities. At least in their current form. There is a difference between deterministic and probabilisitic programming, that a lot of developers new to Watson find it hard to switch to. Entities bring them back to that warm place of normal development. For […]

Manufacturing Intent

Let me start this article with a warning:  Manufacturing questions causes more problems than it solves. Sure the documentation, and many videos say the reverse. But they tend to give examples that have a narrow scope. Take the car demo for example. It works because there is a common domain language that everyone who uses […]

Anaphora? I hardly knew her.

One of common requests for conversation is being able to understand the running topic of a conversation. For example: USER: Can I feed my goldfish peas? WATSON: Goldfish love peas, but make sure to remove the shells! USER: Should I boil them first? The second response “them” is called an “anaphora”. The “them” refers to the […]

Removing the confusion in intents.

While the complexity of building Conversation has reduced for non-developers, one of the areas that people can sometimes struggle is training intents. When trying to determine how the system performs, it is important to use tried and true methods of validation. If you go by someone just interacting with the system you can end up […]

To see the world in a grain of sand…

Just a short blog update to inform everyone that I have moved over to a new role in IBM. I now work in IBM Dubai as a Technical Solutions Manager, assisting with the somewhat recently announced ai Lab. For me in a sense it means more (relative) free time, as a lot of my time […]

I love Pandas!

Not the bamboo eating kind (but they are cute too), Python Pandas! But first… Conversation has a new feature! Logging!  You can now download your logs from your conversation workspace into a JSON format. So I thought I’d take this moment to introduce Pandas. Some people love the “Improve” UI, but personally I like being able to […]

I have a dream…

Following on from Speech to Text, let’s jump over to Text to Speech. Similar to conversation, what can make or break the system is the tone and personality you build into the system. Developers tend to think about the coding, and not the user experience so much. To give an example, let’s take a piece […]

Speech to Text and Conversation

I thought I would take a moment to play with Speech to Text and a utility that was released a few months ago. The Speech to Text Utils allows you to train S2T using your existing conversational system. To give a quick demo, I got my son to ask about buying a puppy. I set up […]

Watson V3 Certification

So I got my Watson V3 Certification a week or so ago, and the badge just arrived yesterday. I sat the mock exam without studying and passed. So I thought I’d try the real exam, and passed that too. Overall if you have been working in the Watson group for 3+ years, where your job […]