It is a real privilege to work with the inspirational Guiding Eyes for the Blind. They have an incredible mission to place guide dogs with blind individuals.
The project involves looking at all the data they have moved to the IBM Cloud: genetic data from 30 years of dog breeding and thousands of questionnaires in Word format from trainers who spend two years raising puppies.
The potential for cognitive applications like IBM Watson to find new insights which can help improve their programs is tantalizing. A group at SJSU is working on the data right now. Early indications suggest that genetic data may not be a strong determinant for whether or not a dog performs well. Fuel to fire the nature vs nurture debate?
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