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 […]

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 […]

Watson Conversation just got turned up to 11.

I just wanted to start with why my blog doesn’t get updated that often. Life is hectic. With continual travel, and a number of other things going on, the chance to be able to sit down for peace and quiet is rare. That may change one way or another soon. I try to avoid other […]

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 […]