How does PowerAI relate to Watson or other public cloud AI offerings?
PowerAI and Watson are designed to ease the path for enterprises that want to start using advanced AI technologies. AI services and solutions can currently be separated into two broad sections: API-driven technologies in the cloud and PowerAI, which is a deeper layer delivered as a combination of hardware and the most popular deep learning frameworks.
API-driven technologies in the cloud are perfect for soliving specific business problems. For example, translating different languages, converting speech to text, or getting sentiment analysis. These requirements can be solved by API-driven AI solutions such as IBM Watson.
Then there is a deeper level of technology that uses proprietary data and information to produce insights, which can operate alongside API-based solutions to maximize the AI results. This deeper layer, delivered as hardware and IBM PowerAI software solution, provides developers and data scientists with the most popular machine learning frameworks to enable the rapid deployment of high-performance AI.
The two are not mutually exclusive. A PowerAI based workflow can call a cloud based API to execute a function as part of that larger workflow. We have examples of this in our PowerAI developer portal.
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