IBM’s Watson can sense sadness in your writing

It should be better at expressing emotion, to boot. The update brings broader availability of a new text-to-speech engine that offers responses in an appropriate tone. If you’re angry, for instance, the computer won’t answer back in an upbeat voice. That’s not the same as taking the initiative on emotion, but this and the new Tone Analyzer point to a future where AI is sensitive to your mood, rather than cold and indifferent. Combine those improvements with an equally fresh, training-based image recognition engine and it’s clear that Watson is becoming a full-fledged intelligent agent, not just a business tool or clever chef.


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