What do you need to do AI? Typically software tools and data. Software tools are all in the cloud platforms provided by vendors such as IBM, Amazon, Google and Microsoft. At CSUN the first vendor we have partnered with, to provide all faculty, staff and students with full access to AI tools, is called Watson. You may know Watson from its historic beating of humans at numerous games over the years including Jeopardy and Alpha Go.

To access Watson, go to to When you get in and go to Watson, you should see a variety of tools such as Conversation, Discovery, and Natural Language Understanding.

IBM Watson has a YouTube channel that has many videos organized into playlists to help you find and learn how to use specific tools. To watch a high-level overview, watch this over how of how it works: