IBM’s Watson Uses Machine Learning To Tackle Water Data

By Sara Jerome@sarmje Some water utilities have so much data at their disposal it is hard to sift through it all and use it effectively, but software has the potential to change that. “One tool for working with potentially valuable truck loads [of data] is an artificial neural network — a software system that uses machine learning techniques to process tons of data and intelligently answer questions,” Ars Technica reported. OmniEarth, a geographic analytics company, is using IBM’s Watson technology to give meaning to water data. Watson, a machine learning system, became a household name when it managed to outdo some formidable Jeopardy contestants. The project has deployed this technology to help water managers understand whether ratepayers are using water efficiently. The technology analyzes “aerial and satellite photos to estimate…


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