Originally Posted by Paddy OPlastic
You won't be running Watson any more locally than Google unless you've got a pretty powerful rack full of computing goodness and a large bank account for the license.
I didn't get that impression from the instruction page, although I'll admit I didn't explore the accompanying documentation thoroughly. It says it's released under an Apache 2.0 licence, so I would suspect that negates the big bank account concern.
As for privacy concerns, I realize that overall it's a lost cause. Everything is reporting back to the mothership these days. (Windows 10
I'd love to upgrade to keep current, but I'm not handing over total control to MS. Yes from what I've read, I realize 8.1 is also spying on me, but at least I can control when/if I install updates.)
It's funny how my perception of Google has shifted. For a while years ago they were offering free long-distance services in Canada, as part of their speech recognition research. I ended up using that service even though I hated the idea of being recorded and turned into data. But while it was in the research stage, it didn't bother me too much, especially if I was circumspect about which calls I used it for. But these days now that the company is all about selling ads and linking online identities and profiles it makes me squeamish.
I realize IBM will be using everything I would potentially run through it as research fodder and will attempt to use the knowledge it gains to make future technologies and profits, but since it's at the fuzzy, nebulous stage I'm more willing to go along with it.
Ideally I'd prefer to actually buy a good solution that works, but at this point, it doesn't seem to be available. As I mentioned above, I actually tried Dragon, and for my purposes it doesn't work.