IBM has unveiled a new computer that could become a key piece of the future of computing.
The company says Watson is capable of drawing and playing the entire human visual and auditory repertoire of languages.
The AI-powered Watson is based on the Watson Artificial Intelligence Platform (WAP) and can interpret spoken words, even from human speech.
It can then synthesise these sentences into new words and sentences.
It also can recognize images and perform speech recognition.
But unlike other AI technologies, the Watson system is not designed to be used for any specific task.
Instead, it is designed to help the company better understand and predict human behaviour.IBM said it will be releasing its Watson platform for the first time next week at the annual conference for business intelligence and analytics.
Watson is not a standalone system.
It will be installed on computers and connected to other IBM systems, including the Watson Health and Watson Analytics platforms.
The Watson platform is based around a system that allows Watson to recognise, analyse and process the speech of others.
Wattens are programmed to learn and to learn from experience.
The Watson AI will also be used to generate new words to describe things, say, weather conditions or to make decisions about healthcare.
The aim is to make the Watson AI able to learn the language of people and the world in a way that makes it more accurate and better able to make sense of the world around it.
The new system is designed for a number of uses, such as recognising images, understanding text, generating language and providing answers to questions about the world.
Worries about how to use the new technology will also grow.
The US National Institutes of Health, which funds Watson research, has warned that the AI could eventually lead to human-like behaviour.
It said it was concerned by the potential for the system to be able to use people’s speech to make predictions about what people might say in order to infer meaning from their speech.
“We believe this will be one of the most dangerous applications of artificial intelligence,” said Dr Mark O’Brien, chief executive of the NIH.
“If we see AI systems that can tell us the truth by using a person’s speech, then we should expect to see a rise in human-level AI that will do this very quickly.”
But Professor Mark Oberg, the chief technology officer of IBM, said Watson could also be useful for things like recognising and understanding foreign languages and translating texts.
“In the future, Watson could be used in the classroom, where it can tell you a story that has not been told before, or in the workplace, where we want to communicate the contents of our thoughts,” he said.
“That would enable us to build a much better understanding of how to understand people.”