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Make Money Online: Documenting 10 Years of Failure

By John Ward / March 20, 2015 / 65 Comments
This is the history of my experience trying to make money online over the past 10 years or so. This is by far the longest post I've ever personally written and it's more of an autobiography than a blog post....
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IBM Watson Explorer

By John Ward / April 6, 2015 / 1 Comment
I'm going to talk a little bit about IBM Watson Explorer (WEX). A few people have contacted me about what I do at my day job as a Watson Explorer Consultant. Since this is my personal site I don't usually...
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I Made an Automated Pancakeswap Prediction Bot

By John Ward / October 14, 2022 / 0 Comments
A few weeks ago I got the idea to try to automatically bid on Pancakeswap's Prediction game. So I decided to try to build a Pancakeswap Prediction bot to take on the task. I did this just to learn about...

My 2022 Recap and 2023 Plans

By John Ward / January 13, 2023 / 0 Comments
I haven't been posting to my blog that often, but I wanted to recap 2022 and lay out some of my plans for 2023. Overall, 2022 was a pretty good year for me, and I made some progress on business...
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Watson Explorer vs Elasticsearch for Enterprise Search

By John Ward / May 12, 2020 / 0 Comments
Are you interested in IBM Watson Explorer vs Elasticsearch? Recently, I had to do some comparisons between IBM Watson Explorer and Elasticsearch for a project. I spent some time going through the features of both platforms and found some interesting...
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What is IBM Watson

By John Ward / July 24, 2020 / 0 Comments
There is a lot of confusion about what exactly IBM Watson is? I'm going to try to clear that up a little bit in this blog post. I'll go into the history of IBM Watson and what IBM is doing...

One AdSense Change Dramatically Increased My Earnings…

By John Ward / March 9, 2015 / 12 Comments
... and I have no idea what it is. I used to blog actively on my tutorial site, TeamTutorials. In it's prime the site would see over 100k page views per month. Even in the prime the site barely met...

Are Products the Road to Prosperity?

By John Ward / May 13, 2015 / 1 Comment
A few weeks ago a wrote a somewhat popular post about my past experiences trying to make money online. I went through the ups and downs of working as an affiliate promoting other people's products. At the conclusion of the...

What’s the Future of XRP

By John Ward / September 20, 2021 / 0 Comments
The XRP token was a fast-growing cryptocurrency until the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit against the parent company, Ripple,  back in December of 2020. This left many people scrambling to dump their XRP holdings and several...
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IBM Watson Explorer Connector List

By John Ward / March 4, 2020 / 0 Comments
IBM Watson Explorer Foundational Components include many out-of-box connectors for various types of data sources including web, filesystems, shares, databases and content management systems. This allows Watson Explorer (WEX) to be a very versatile tool for ingesting and indexing from...
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IBM Watson Discovery Fundamentals Training

I’m excited to announce that I’ve released my first course on Udemy titled IBM Watson Discovery Fundamentals. This course is designed to give business and technical users a good high-level overview of the IBM Watson Discovery service.

What is IBM Watson Discovery?

IBM Watson Discovery is an advanced search and analytical tool that uses Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning (ML), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to automatically enrich the data ingested into the index. This provides a much better search experience when compared to traditional keyword-based search engines.

Give your developers, data scientists, and business users insight into your data like Keyword Extraction, Sentiment Analysis, Concept Tagging, Category Classification, Semantic Role Extraction, Emotion Analysis, Entity Extraction, and Relation Extraction.

IBM Watson Discovery is a cloud-based application hosted on the IBM Cloud. The costs vary, as with most cloud service, but there is a free tier that we will use in this course.

What is the IBM Watson Discovery Fundamentals Course?

ibm watson discovery serviceThis course will give technical and business users a better understanding of the technology and tooling of IBM Watson Discovery service. I will give a brief overview of what this technology does and how it can be used. Then we will dive into using the tooling to ingest, enrich, and explore data. Some of the things you will learn in this course include:

  • Understand IBM Watson Discovery and its capabilities
  • How to use the user interface to ingest and explore the IBM Watson Discovery news collection and a sample data set that is provided
  • How to automatically enrich your data
  • How you can leverage the AI, NLP, and ML technology of Discovery
  • How to explore and analyze data using Watson Discovery
  • A glimpse into using Watson Discovery as a developer

You will come out of this course with a better understanding of what IBM Watson Discovery is. You’ll get a feel for the technological capabilities of this tool. Finally, you will be in a position to make a more informed decision on whether or not you want to pursue this technology further.

What Makes Me Qualified to Teach This Course?

johnathan wardI’ve been an IBM Watson Consultant for over 8 years and I have over 14 years of experience in the software industry. I’ve worked as a Technical Lead at IBM with several IBM Watson services including Watson Explorer, Watson Discovery, Watson Conversation, Watson Assistant, and more.

I’ve spent the majority of my career working with the advanced NLP and AI technology of the IBM Watson platform and using this technology to solve advanced business problems in a variety of industries.

I’m currently working as a Senior Software Consultant for a U.S. government agency. I wear many hats including those of a Technical Lead and Solutions Architect. I design, build, configure, and program solutions to some very challenging data problems.

You can learn more about me on my LinkedIn profile if you’re interested.

BONUS: Receive a Special Discount on the Course Today

I’m currently offering a special discount on the course. You can save 25% by using the coupon code: WATSONDISCOVERY25 or clicking on this link to apply the coupon code automatically.

This coupon expires on 11/27/2020. If you’re interested in the course I suggest you sign up and use the discount code today.

Sign Up for the IBM Watson Fundamentals Course Today!

If you are thinking of using IBM Watson Discovery or you want to increase your skills in the area of AI, NLP, and Machine Learning with IBM’s technology then this is the course for you. Click here to sign up.

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John Ward

I've been in working in the tech space since about 2004. I've spent time working with Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Advertising technology.