IBM Corp. announced Monday it will begin selling Watson-powered personal computers to businesses in the United States, and will start selling a new version of its software engineering and Python programming language in the first quarter of 2019.
The move will enable businesses to develop new software for Watson, which will then run on the computers.
The new Watson computers will run a version of Python, an open-source programming language, that can be used to create software that can perform deep learning tasks on massive data sets.
IBM also plans to sell a new IBM AI-based personal computer, dubbed the Watson Pro, later this year, according to a company news release.
The Watson-based computer will be called the Watson Cloud, and it will be based on the same open-sourced Python engine as the original IBM Watson, but it will use a new proprietary processor that IBM said will run faster.
The company will also sell a series of new Watson machines based on its Watson Pro processor, called the “Watson Cloud 2.”
These are IBM’s first products for use in businesses, which is why it will only be sold to businesses with Watson Pro chips, which were originally designed for Watson machines.
Watson Pro processors will be able to do more advanced tasks such as machine learning, but only in a limited number of environments.
IBM is already offering Watson machines to other companies that are trying to use the technology for commercial applications, including Google and Facebook.
This new version will not be sold through IBM, which already sells the Watson software, the company said.
The Watson Cloud 2 will only work on IBM’s own servers, and the company is also developing a new open-platform Watson platform, which should be available later this fall, the news release said.IBM said the new products will be more than 10 times faster than the current version of the Watson operating system.
The company will begin rolling out the new Watson software in late 2019.
The move to sell Watson-enabled computers in the U.S. comes after IBM announced last year that it would make Watson the default operating system on all of its servers, including its massive data centers in the Middle East and North Africa.
Watson was introduced as an open source AI-powered programming language for IBM’s massive Watson software.
In the last few years, the technology has gained widespread adoption and is now used by more than 500,000 businesses worldwide.
IBM said in its announcement that it has now sold over one million Watson-connected personal computers since the Watson cloud 2 launched in 2019.