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AT&T and IBM: Which Watson Works for You?

Both companies are committed to reshaping the future of speech-enabled interactions.
By The Editors of Speech Technology - Posted Feb 10, 2014
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If you ask many technology enthusiasts to explain Watson technology, they'll likely point to IBM's Watson, named after the company's chairman and CEO, Thomas J. Watson, who led the company for more than 40 years until 1956. IBM's Watson is a super computer that made headlines in 2011 when it appeared on the television game show Jeopardy!, where it squared off against, and ultimately beat, champion contestant Ken Jennings. However, many might not know that AT&T has been quietly tweaking its own Watson technology, which has been around for more than 20 years.

In addition to their name, the technologies share other similarities: Both were built at very large and well-known companies. Both technologies are speech-enabled. And both products have the potential to significantly contribute to user interactions, customer experiences, and the Internet of Things. However, there are fundamental differences, too, such as their technological maturity levels and what they can contribute to your organization today. Read on to find out more.

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