Using Watson for Supporting Design Creativity

We describe an experiment in using IBM’s Watson tool in a Georgia Tech Spring 2015 class on computational creativity. The semester-long projects in the class used Watson as a tool to develop cognitive assistants in support of biologically inspired design, a well-established paradigm for design creativity. In this paper, we describe the experiment in using Watson as a creativity support tool and present two projects in detail. We draw lessons for using Watson for constructing cognitive assistants to support design creativity.