Watson May Have a New Partner and Challenger in Wipro’s Holmes

wipro Watson May Have a New Partner and Challenger in Wipro’s HolmesSujit John of the Times of India reports, “IBM’s Watson is a cognitive computing system, one that behaves like our brain, learning through experiences, finding correlations, and remembering — and learning from — the outcomes. Now, Wipro has developed a cognitive computing system, and guess what they call it — Holmes. It’s also an abbreviation that expands into ‘heuristics and ontology-based learning machines and experiential systems’. The expansion looks to have been an after-thought. So, will Holmes compete with Watson? Or will it partner with Watson, as Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson did in the Arthur Conan Doyle stories? (Incidentally, IBM’s Watson derives its name not from Doyle’s character, but from IBM’s founder and CEO between 1914 and 1956, Thomas John Watson).”

John continues, “Wipro CTO KR Sanjiv says it will be more partnership than competition. ‘We are working with Watson, we have people trained on Watson. Watson can address certain kinds of use cases, Holmes certain others. Watson does not, for instance, do visual learning (learning from images). We are building Holmes in a way that it will also do visual learning,’ he said. Cognitive computing is among the hottest new trends in technology and many of the big IT companies are beginning to build platforms and solutions around it. Traditional computing has a unidirectional flow – if this happens, then it must do this; it tabulates and calculates based on pre-configured rules and programs.”

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