AI Bot Challenge Step 2: Installing the software and getting things up and running

So I have been installing software and installing packages onto the Raspberry and completing some of the build of the TJBot.  I do have to be honest and say i ran into some fundamental issues with installing software and getting wi-fi connectivity.  But I think I am past that now.  I now have run some scripts to enable the TJBot to connect to the the Watson AI Services.  

I have to choose which type of robot I want “Scottie Bottie” to be.  Yes I am going with my heritage roots and going for a brave hearted theme of a robot.

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AI BOT Challenge Step 1: Opening the box on Robbie Burns Day !

It seems a bit appropriate that my IBM Watson AI Bot Kit arrived on Robbie Burns day.  The creative anticipation of a project loom; and I get to salute one of Scotlands Bards and “rhymesters” in the same evening !

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Looking forward to all the fun I am supposed to have learning  to code with SparkFun !

So the box arrived and I have opened and gazed in wonder at what is ahead on my journey into AI and programming.  I am excited and concerned.  All the parts are there I assume.  And like when I had a balsam plane kit to build and fly: I am concerned that there is no instruction manual !


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Never to fear.  I have been working with Public Sector organizations over the past few years on what cognitive computing is and how it will help programs and individuals so I should have some semblance of where to start.  

Now delving into the bowels of machine learning and coding I go.  I will also note that there is a small competition on going with my work colleagues on my new team; the IBM Watson Data and AI group.  So I had better decide on a personality for my bot: mmm should it be Canadian or Scottish…..I will have to decide.

So it is off to the web and the single malt I go !  Slainte !


As we all enter a new year we all have expectations and potentially resolutions that give us all a purpose and focus. With that I am very excited by the new opportunity to work with clients by combining the two areas of technology I have been involved with over the years as well as cognitive computing; which I have been involved with over the past few years. I am really looking forward to this year to be able to align both the strategic direction of clients as they rationalize data and data management as well as taking advantage of the API economy of cognitive capabilities.

I have also entered into a challenge with my colleagues in the realm of AI Robot building and therefore leveraging both APIs and data layers. I am currently waiting for the kit to arrive and will walk you all through the process of building and developing an AI driven robot. Let the games begin !

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