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Cognitive Computing with IBM Watson

By : Rob High, Tanmay Bakshi
Book Image

Cognitive Computing with IBM Watson

By: Rob High, Tanmay Bakshi

Overview of this book

Cognitive computing is rapidly becoming a part of every aspect of our lives through data science, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI). It allows computing systems to learn and keep on improving as the amount of data in the system increases. This book introduces you to a whole new paradigm of computing – a paradigm that is totally different from the conventional computing of the Information Age. You will learn the concepts of ML, deep learning (DL), neural networks, and AI with the help of IBM Watson APIs. This book will help you build your own applications to understand, and solve problems, and analyze them as per your needs. You will explore various domains of cognitive computing, such as NLP, voice processing, computer vision, emotion analytics, and conversational systems. Equipped with the knowledge of machine learning concepts, how computers do their magic, and the applications of these concepts, you’ll be able to research and apply cognitive computing in your projects.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt

Creating a conversational agent workspace

Like nearly all of the Watson-branded offerings, the Watson Assistant is an application programming interface (API) hosted in the IBM Cloud. You learned how to create an account in the IBM Cloud in Chapter 1, Background, Transition, and the Future of Computing. We'll pick up from there by guiding you through the creation of an instance of the Watson Assistant service—referred to as a workspace—in which you will customize and train the service to your conversational context.

Creating an instance of Watson Assistant and a workspace

To get started, we need to create a workspace that Watson can work with:

  1. After creating an account, go to the IBM Cloud services catalog at Be sure that you are logged in with your account—you should see your username in the upper-right corner of the browser window:
  1. Otherwise, press the Log in button:


  1. Select AI in the All Categories section:
  1. From there, select the Watson Assistant (formerly...