Archive for February, 2016

February Scorecard on Cognitive and Watson

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In an insightful perspective piece, The New York Times tech columnist Steve Lohr recaps IBM’s experience with Watson since Jeopardy, including early failures in health care and maturing expectations of what it takes to build a business model around enterprise cognitive systems. Lohr sets the larger context for the story by including points of view from industry players including executives from both today’s startups and from the first AI boom in the 1980s.

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IBM Watson ups the healthcare market ante with $2.6 billion acquisition of Truven

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Healthcare is one of the most logical domains for cognitive computing. The stakes are high: outcomes are often a matter of life or death. It has well organized, extensively tagged information sources. And healthcare/pharmaceutical companies are sophisticated users of advanced software technologies for research, particularly for drug discovery and patient management.

It’s no surprise, then, that IBM has been creating a partner ecosystem and developing technologies aimed at this domain. It has also been gobbling up existing vendors like Phytel, Explorys, ...

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Big Data and Cognitive Computing – Part 4

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In Part 3 of this series, we took up the important issues that come up on the level of functional description as terms are fired off to delineate (or not) big data and cognitive computing. We found that confusion tends to arise immediately from the many statements we can read which appear to wrap big data and cognitive computing into the same phenomenon.

We also found that conversations around big data analytics often seem to ignore the reality that an application ...

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