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article imageIBM attempts to make Watson a virtual assistant for veterans

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 23, 2014 in Technology
Watson, from IBM, has moved into another capacity; he works as an assistant for war veterans seeking to re-integrate. He can help them with resumes,
IBM is partnering with the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) to offer an "Ask Watson" service to members of the armed forces. USAA has a history of marketing to veterans so the campaign makes sense. As such it will likely only be available to USAA customers at first. Watson's service will appear later as an embedded profile on this page according to an IBM Blog.
Many know of Watson from the stint on Jeopardy it had. If you have not seen it then check out the attached video. Since then the supercomputer has been providing customer service for many businesses. Veterans will be able to use this same concept when asking basic questions about finding a job outside of the service, insurance and housing. Watson is obviously not set up for therapeutic purposes but can handle practically any financial question.
Watson itself has processing power to spare since it uses some of the best technology IBM has to offer. Tracking information from data banks and the internet Watson can find answers to any normal question and even some trivial ones. As such it is as effective for helping a veteran find places that are hiring as it is for telling you about a historical figure.
IBM has more plans for their synthetic adviser. Watson has a contest for designing a mobile app and was even brought to Africa recently. New divisions such as the Watson Group exist to find new ways in which they can use their massive machine intelligence.
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