SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Korea Bizwire) —SK C&C has announced plans for an official release of ‘Aibril’, an artificial intelligence assistant service development platform based on IBM’s Watson.
During a press conference held on Wednesday in Seoul, the South Korean IT company revealed plans to officially launch the software development system alongside a number of application programming interfaces, also known as API, which help companies develop their own services.
The eight APIs unveiled during the conference include communications and image recognition as well as searching and rating, to name a few, with the Korean version of IBM Watson set to be provided through a cloud-based data center located in Pangyo.
Since last year, SK C&C has been developing the Korean version of Watson with IBM Korea, paving the path for the question answering computer system to be more widely adopted by South Korean firms with the latest Korean language update.
Companies wanting to use the eight APIs can simply go to the official website of Aibril, and select one suitable to their needs, which then can be incorporated into their existing systems like building blocks.
By adding data through a simple copy and paste onto the web portal, the AI-based assistant service can, for instance, transform social media information about customers into text files, then analyze and produce findings.
Through the communications API, by simply asking questions such as ‘items preferred by customers in their 20s’, Aibril can give companies useful information for their businesses.
A chatbot service was also introduced, built on the framework of the Korean version of Watson, and can be used in conjunction with each company’s data.
According to SK C&C, over 100 companies have used the beta version of the program since its release back in May.
Amid growing demand, SK C&C says it plans to introduce additional APIs such as sound-to-text and text-to-sound transcoding systems by the end of this year.
“Among the major fields of work where Watson can be adopted are finance, health care, distribution and services. At the moment, the finance and health care industries are showing the most interest, but we expect it spread to other fields in the future,” an SK C&C official said.
IBM Watson for Oncology has already been adopted by hospitals including Konyang University Hospital and Gachon University Gil Hospital, but the latest collaboration between SK and IBM is expected to help spread the use of the AI computer system in different fields of work in South Korea.