Almost a year since IBM unveiled a huge new home for its Watson AI in New York City, the company is bringing the Jeopardy champ west. The new headquarters, dubbed Watson West, will launch in San Francisco next year and will serve as a regional hub for communicating with startups, VCs and the rest of Silicon Valley. It'll also be the new global HQ for IBM's Commerce business, which will focus on bringing Watson's capabilities to retailers and more consumer-focused companies. Watson has also gotten much smarter over the past year: For one, it's a much better conversationalist, with the ability to understand intent and meaning in language, as well as produce more realistic sounding speech. Watson has also received some major "vision" updates, with improved image and facial recognition. Devs can now also have Watson analyze photos and video from social media. Finally, Watson's new "Concepts Insight" service lets apps connect to deeper ideas, moving beyond the mere surface-level interpretations of text.