IBM’s Watson’s Possible New Job: Tour Guide

by Rachel Baker on April 16, 2015

A team of IBM researchers developed an app that allowed museum goers a uniquely technically guided tour powered by Watson, the computer that won Jeopardy! in 2011.

One must ask, how many actual tour guides lose their jobs if the Watson tour guide app, Usher, is available to the public?

Here’s the Article: IBM’s Watson Could Make a Knowledgeable Tour Guide

A group of researchers at IBM Research India used Watson as part of an Android app called Usher that supplies information about nearby artwork in a museum and answers questions that you ask about it. It’s an example of the way IBM hopes programmers will make use of the capabilities of Watson in all sorts of apps. The research was presented last week at a conference on intelligent user interfaces in Atlanta.

The app analyzes accelerometer data from the phone to tell whether the user is walking, roaming around an area, or standing still; and it analyzes accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass data to figure out where the user is looking. That way, the app can tell you things like, “On your left is van Gogh’s Sunflowers.”

When the person stopped in front of a painting, researchers could type or speak a question about an artwork being viewed, such as “Who painted this?” or “What is the meaning of this painting?” or “What is the medium of this painting?” The person’s location and the question are then sent to a version of Watson—in the case of the simulation, a version trained to answer general questions.

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