Archive for 2015

McKinsey On Workplace Automation & AI

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A new McKinsey Global Institute study examines the degree to which automation technology will impact “jobs, organizations, and the future of work.” The study will run into 2016, but an interim report released recently already provides plenty of profound data points for executives and workers alike to consider. Stunningly, for example, the McKinsey researchers conclude that currently demonstrable technologies have the potential to automate 45% of the activities workers are paid to perform. In an unusual but insightful twist, their ...

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Don’t Fear the Robots

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New York Times technology reporter Steve Lohr devotes a recent column to the current state of robotics and cognitive software, differentiates among the two, provides a wave to the Singularity hysteria, and usefully focuses attention on the degree to which cognitive software applications will assist human decision making—in the present and future tenses.

Read more at The New York Times

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Toyota’s $1B AI Bet

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Following on the heels of a $50M grant to Stanford and MIT to support artificial intelligence research, Toyota announced that it would open its own AI labs—one in Silicon Valley and one in Cambridge, MA. The company plans to spend $1B over five years and employ some 200 AI research scientists. Toyota is targeting a strategy of driver augmentation, in contrast to the driver replacement popularized by Google.

Read more at The New York Times

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Facebook CTO Pushes FAIR Progress

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In a talk at the popular Dublin Web Summit in Ireland, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer outlined the growing contributions of FAIR (Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research) to the Facebook user experience, highlighting features in the News Feed and in the new “M” virtual personal assistant.

Read more at Business Insider

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Susan Feldman Keynotes Knowledge Management World

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The November 4th sessions of the Knowledge Management World conference in Washington, D.C. kick off with a keynote address by Susan Feldman, co-founder of the Cognitive Computing Consortium.

The keynote addresses the entwined issues of innovation and knowledge management. Agility, speed and flexibility are key requirements for organizations today. Enterprises need a new approach to handling, analyzing, and acting on complex information—as it arrives. Feldman will discuss a new approach to knowledge management that addresses the complex problems enterprises are facing. ...

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An evolution in computing

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With interest and activity in the field of cognitive computing heating up, a succinct definition of cognitive computing and an overview of some of the technologies behind it might be useful. I’ll also share a few of the practical applications that are emerging in the field. They are already demonstrating just how effective cognitive computing can be at helping answer complex questions.

At its core, cognitive computing is a collaboration between people and computers with a simple goal: to magnify human ...

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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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