Pushing My Buttons

So this is a long time pet peeve, but recently I have seen a load of these in succession. I am sure a lot of people who know me are going to read this and think “He’s talking about me”. Truth is there is no one person I am pointing my finger at. Let me […]

Chihuahua or Muffin, revisited.

I just finished reading Maria Yao‘s article “Chihuahua OR Muffin? Searching For The Best Computer Vision API“. It’s a fun read, but I felt it didn’t really show off the power of Watson Visual Recognition. For the demo in the article, the general classifier was being used. One of the main advantages of Watson Visual […]

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 […]