​How good is IBM Watson at foreign languages? One Spanish bank is about to find out

IBM Watson has been trained by CaixaBank’s foreign-trade specialists to answer questions in Spanish. Image: IBM Your cognitive computing future is here, apparently. Last year, a study by IBM argued that intelligent machines simulating the capabilities of the human brain will fundamentally change a range of industries, including banking. Now, in Spain, IBM Watson, the AI and analytics technology that can interact with humans using natural language and which made a name for itself by winning Jeopardy in 2011, has been trained by CaixaBank’s foreign-trade specialists to answer questions and resolve technical problems in Spanish. IBM and CaixaBank describe the new system as the first Watson application in Spanish and the first in Europe’s financial sector. Admittedly, it can’t deal with tough general questions, such as, ‘What’s the formula for…


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