Archive for October, 2015

The End of Expertise? Or A New Beginning?

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Bill Fischer, Professor at International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, recently penned a short op-ed nugget titled “The End of Expertise.” The piece is a “perspective” written to coincide with the 7th Global Drucker Forum being held in Vienna in November, and it was published on a no less respected platform than the Harvard Business Review website.

A major tenet of Fischer’s argument is that today’s decision makers need merely enlist “AI” to assemble from the Internet the answers ...

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Genius Hopes to Crowdsource Knowledge Across the Web

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Brooklyn startup Genius gets a serious profile from the Wall Street Journal. The company developed a web content annotation scheme originally for rap music (Rap Genius) which they are now generalizing to be available for readers to annotate any kind of web page content. Not unlike the crowd-sourced meta-tagging pioneered by del.icio.us or the social bookmarking tried and abandoned by multiple startups and even firms like Google, Genius hopes to attract enough user-generated annotation content to offer a new layer ...

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Intel Acquires Saffron

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Intel took the still-uncharacteristic (for a chipmaker) step of acquiring pure-play cognitive software maker Saffron. The vision of “baking AI onto chips” is as old as the field itself (note Symbolics, Thinking Machines and other AI hardware failures from the 1980s). But the devil is in the details. Intel apparently believes the Saffron team can help get it right this time.

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Two chances to learn about cognitive computing at KM World 2015

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Sue Feldman along with Swami Chandrasekaran and Mark Myers from IBM will lead a workshop on cognitive computing at KM World 2015. The panel is:

Inspiration, Insights, & Innovation Through Cognitive Computing
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Susan E. Feldman, CEO, Synthexis Cognitive Computing Consortium
Swami Chandrasekaran, Executive CTO Architect, Watson, IBM
Mark Myers, Product and Solution Marketing Leader, IBM Watson Explorer

Imagine if you could understand the personality characteristics of your customers at a deeper level. Imagine if you ...

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Old data sets yield new insights into spinal cord injuries

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Through a process they call data driven discovery doctors have discovered a previously unknown relationship between the long-term recovery of spinal cord injury victims and high blood pressure during surgery. They used a combination of topological data analysis and machine learning to find patterns in decades-old research notes and data that had been thought useless. Their overall conclusion was that the process of discovering novel patterns in large datasets has the potential to support outcome assessment, neurocritical care, treatment planning ...

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Big Data and Cognitive Computing – Part 2

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We have noticed that there is a lot of careless talk in the marketplace about the relationship between the trend toward big data as a new reality for IT and the emergence of cognitive computing as an alternative approach to traditional analytics. We are offering a perspective on the two trends in simple terms—differentiating among them and defining their relationship to each other—in the hope of cutting through the current atmosphere of media hype and confusion. Our goal is to ...

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Watson Announces More New Features

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IBM kept up the drumbeat of Watson news by announcing today that the IBM Watson Analytics product line will begin beta releases of two important new features in December, 2015. These features are; Expert Storybooks and Watson Analytics for Social Media. Expert Storybooks is a library of preconfigured analytics visualizations for specific domains developed with partners like AriBall and the Weather Company. The social media offering leverages IBM’s Twitter partnership to bring advanced unstructured data analytics to social exchanges.

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