Archive for 2015

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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Apple AI Acquisition Spree

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Apple spent the past week acquiring Perceptio and UK-based VocalIQ, two startups working to commercialize software in the areas of image recognition and speech recognition, respectively. Some speculate that the company is hoping to catch up with (or leapfrog) the work being done in these areas at Google, Microsoft, and Facebook.

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IBM launches a Cognitive Business Era

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IBM chose Ginny Rometty’s keynote slot at Gartner’s annual IT Expo to announce that the era of cognitive computing has arrived. In the context of her keynote, the cognitive advantage is what happens when firms that have become fully digital look for ways to differentiate themselves and leverage the value lurking in their growing data collections.

Cognitive is the next step, adding intelligence to data through advanced analytics, including analyzing the 80-90% of enterprise information that is unstructured. Rometty noted ...

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Big Data and Cognitive Computing – Part 1

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Discussions of cognitive computing almost always include a reference to “big data.” Discussions of big data occasionally, but infrequently, reference “cognitive computing.” But are we truly confident that we know which is which and why that is so?

We felt that finding a way to describe these two trends in simple terms—and differentiate among them and define their relationship to each other—could help lower the level of hype and confusion in this active corner of the technology landscape. If we can ...

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