Archive for 2015

Framing Machine Learning and Cognitive Computing

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Machine learning and cognitive computing are joined at the hip, but they are surely not one and the same. In this roundtable discussion, five professionals specializing in machine learning, analytics, data science, information architecture, and management consulting struggle to offer informed perspectives about both the state of the art of the technologies and the readiness of enterprises to benefit from them. Originally published in IEEE IT Professional magazine.

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IBM Expands Watson Platform for Next Generation of Builders

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IBM expands cognitive APIs in the Watson Developer Cloud (WDC) for developers who are creating products, services and applications embedded with Watson. These APIs focus on increased capabilities in language, including an NLP classifier, dialog, concept expansion, and document conversion; speech; vision; and data insights. IBM also announced that it will launch next year an IBM Watson facility in San Francisco that puts it closer to developers, startups, venture, and academics in the region. This follows IBM’s announcement ...

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Master Algorithm. Really?

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Daniel Levitin crafts an interesting review of Pedro Domingo’s recent book The Master Algorithm. Author, neuroscientist, musician, Levitin brings all of these fields into play in visiting the ground of learning algorithms, their effectiveness, their limitations, their future(s), and their implications. Both Domingo and Levitin are resources of value to anyone thinking about cognitive computing.

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From Invention to Product

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In the trajectory from invention to product, cognitive computing is following a familiar pathway, but with some additional twists in the road because of the complexity of the technologies involved. IBM’s Watson was a breakthrough in computing. As an invention, it heralded a new computing era. Since 2011, when Watson burst upon the scene, we have seen successful custom deployments, but to have a real market, we need robust products that can be quickly installed and that give repeatable and ...

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Watson Personality Insights Insights

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At Business Insider, Lucia Peters, of Bustle, reports on her experimental engagements with IBM’s Watson Personality Insights service. Taking the most extravagant of IBM’s claims—that the service can gauge elements of the personality of a writer from a 100-word writing sample, she takes multiple tacks to see what Watson will uncover about her personality. (Never mind that in a more technical context, IBM suggests a guideline of 2500 words or more to create a successful training set.)

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AI Experts Pen Open Letter Urging Autonomous Weapon Ban

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The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina received an open letter from over 1,000 robotics researchers and artificial intelligence experts calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons. The letter warns that any development of autonomous weapons could issue in a new arms race and pose unknown risks to humanity.

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Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer

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Amir Mizroch of the Wall Street Journal Digits Blog reports on a Google research study that sought to train a machine to learn about human values—like morality—by using a large database of movie scripts as a training corpus. The comments on the post are as illuminating as the Google work.

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Cognitive Computing App Taps 10,000 Bon Appétit Recipes, Suggests Creative Flavor Combinations

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IBM and Bon Appétit have introduced a one-of-a-kind Chef Watson cognitive computing cooking app that is open to anyone interested in expanding his or her imagination in the kitchen. Created through a collaboration with Bon Appétit, the app inspires home cooks everywhere to discover unexpected flavor combinations to address everyday mealtime challenges in creative ways and bring new ideas to the kitchen.

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