The City of Surrey in British Columbia is testing a new app feature that allows residents to find city information using IBM’s Watson, the supercomputer that outperformed its rival contestant on Jeopardy in 2011 to take the $1-million prize.
Watson, a cognitive computing platform created by IBM, is able to interact with natural language, analyze huge volumes of data and respond to complex questions with concise, evidence-based solutions.
Developed by Ottawa software developer Purple Forge, the app allows users to ask Watson questions about a variety of municipal services. In turn, Watson has been trained to provide answers on bylaws, animal control, parking, waste collection, emergency services, utilities, property taxes and more.
Among the questions the City of Surrey and Purple Forge predictRead More »from Surrey rolls out ‘Siri for cities’ app powered by IBM’s Watson