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IBM Watson’s next trick: Helping you write better

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IBM’s Watson has already proven its mettle in the kitchen and on game shows, but its latest skill set is one that could help us all: making sure our writing conveys what we want it to.

Now in experimental mode, Watson Tone Analyzer is a new service that can analyze text for the attitude and tone that underlie it. The tool could help anyone refine an email, marketing message, presentation or blog post before releasing it into the world, IBM said.

“To read a message and to judge the tone conveyed in the message comes naturally to humans,” explained Rama Akkiraju, a distinguished engineer and master inventor for IBM Watson User Technologies, in a Thursday blog post announcing the project. “But, at times, the tone may be overlooked, undesired or not conveyed well by the author.”

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