Archive for April, 2016

Rob High Suggests Emotional Analysis is Next

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IBM Watson CTO Rob High presented a keynote recently at the NVidia GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, in which he took the 3,500 attendees through the milestones of Watson development since the 2011 Jeopardy win, reviewed the differences between AI and Cognitive Computing, and suggested that a core future development area for Watson will be taking the analysis of sentiment beyond “red light/green light” toward a more textured understanding of personality, emotion, and tone.

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Cautionary Tales for Digital Assistant Apps

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Young human ex-question-answerer Biz Carson offers an insider’s look at human-assisted search apps and what can go wrong when developers leave humans and machines to collaborate to find the “best” answers to users’ questions. While she specifically points to Facebook’s M as a candidate for falling into some of the same negative dynamics that beset her former company (would-be search innovator ChaCha) in 2009, her experience sheds light equally well on any cognitive app being developed to provide more than ...

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Cognitive Computing Consortium Launches, Creating an Independent Resource Hub for Cognitive Computing Professionals

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BOSTON, Mass. – April 5, 2016 – The Cognitive Computing Consortium is officially launching today. As a growing group of private and public organizations as well as individual professionals, the Consortium is focused on advancing innovation in cognitive computing.

The consortium is an interactive forum for researchers, developers and practitioners of cognitive computing and its allied technologies. With roots in a working group of major industry luminaries, the Consortium was co-founded by Sue Feldman, CEO, Synthexis; and Continue Reading →

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Racing to be the Google of the Conversation Age

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Slate’s senior technology writer Will Oremus makes a cover story out of the current state of the experience(s) of engaging with our voice-recognizing consumer digital assistants. Looking at Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google’s mobile search app, Facebook’s M, and of course Apple’s Siri, Oremus puts together a thorough, critical, textured, and often amusing account of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we may be headed in conversational relationships with cognitive services.

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Futures in Machine Intelligence

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Investor and analytics software entrepreneur David Beyer of Amplify Partners has authored a report that collects ten interviews with practitioners working with a wide range of machine learning tools, approaches, and applications. There has been significant progress in the field over the past months, leading up to (among other things) the recent triumph of Google’s winning Go machine. The intention is to look at the field from the point of view of practitioners who are grappling with the “ideas and ...

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