Archive for 2016

Getting from A to B: Cognitive Scale Infusion

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Austin-based cognitive platform startup Cognitive Scale announced that it had closed a $21.8 Series B round of funding lead by Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners. See more details:

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2016/08/02/austin-big-data-software-maker-rakes-in-21-8m.html

Founded in 2013 and launched in 2014 by Manoj Saxena and Matt Sanchez, former IBM Watson executives, the company had significant early support from Saxena’s The Entrepreneurs’ Fund. The new round is another indicator that the venture community is beginning to look at cognitive as a maturing opportunity. Most cognitive and ...

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Today’s Machine Relationships: Who Do You Trust to Drive the Car?

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Writing for the Harvard Business Review, Walter Frick takes a look at the complex issues involved in the technology and the emotional elements of “self-driving” cars.

Frick’s evaluation starts with the recent fatal Florida crash between a Tesla “driven” by an auto-pilot enthusiast and a commercial semi-trailer truck. In trying to understand and explain this crash, his questions rightly center on a threshold factor for cognitive systems: trust. “The causes of these crashes are uncertain, but they have added urgency to ...

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Google DeepMind To Scan Eyeballs

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Google has reached an agreement to partner with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London on a project to use Google’s machine learning to try to discover paths to early detection of eye problems from diabetes sufferers and from the onset of macular degeneration in aging populations.

Google’s health unit will use deep learning to assess over one million anonymized hi-res 3-D eye scans with the goal of becoming able to automatically diagnose vision problems in hi-risk groups. The hope is that ...

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CEO Roundup — Views On AI from 5 Top Tech Execs

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Business Insider offers a capsule summary of the current views on AI held by five of the most influential executives in technology: Eric Schmidt of Google, Elon Musk of Tesla & Space X, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.

On malicious AI, with the exception of Musk, they trend non-alarmist. On near-term and medium-term opportunities, they are cautiously optimistic.

Satya Nadella, in particular, has a recent nuanced view articulated in Slate.

The bottom line is that ...

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Required reading: Only Humans May Apply

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I’ve been reading Only Humans May Apply, a new book by Tom Davenport and Julia Kirby.  This witty, well-researched and highly readable book makes a case for cognitive computing as augmentation for humans, rather than as a replacement for them through job automation.  Although it cites plenty of scary numbers about jobs that will be lost, that’s just a springboard for presenting five strategies for surviving the evolution to the cognitive computing era.  Each strategy forces you to consider what ...

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AI vs. Cognitive Computing: How do YOU decide?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing are distinct fields, though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably to refer to the ability of computers to reason. The differences in the fields may seem subtle, but they have distinct approaches and goals. AI advocates are convinced that their machines will provide augmented intelligence that will surpass humans in accuracy and insight or strength and agility. Cognitive computing advocates say that “cognitive assistants” are tools that handle volumes of data and exhaustive rounds ...

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Smart Data Online 2016

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Sue Feldman and Hadley Reynolds will present at Smart Data Onlie 2016 on July 13. Please join us to hear them discuss how cognitive computing is still evolving through a series of vignettes to differentiate cognitive computing technologies and methods from more familiar technologies and concepts such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data and the Internet of Things. They will also describe the emerging cognitive computing infrastructure, and talk about both the promise of cognitive computing ...

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Financial Times Doubles Down on Robots’ Impacts

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Robotics, like cognitive computing, is a field in full upheaval. Today’s market has left welding, assembling, and spray painting far behind and is now knocking on the door of blue collar and white collar skills alike. Implications are seismic for applications ranging from military weaponry to journalism to customer service to emerging investment niches. The Financial Times collects a large selection of perspectives on robots’ impacts across the business spectrum.

Read more at The Financial Times

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Health at Watson Analyst Day

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It was apparent at the Watson Analyst Day on May 23rd that IBM’s message has been refined over the five years since Jeopardy, and that it has begun to gel. Just as we in the Cognitive Computing Consortium have moved from a vague understanding that we were dealing with a fundamentally new phase in technology, so too has IBM’s understanding of what cognitive computing is, and what it’s good for become much more solid.

A core point of emphasis from IBM ...

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Voice Interfaces Reap New Investment from Tech Giants

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Having a smart digital assistant you send messages to via a keyboard seems like a contradiction in terms. So 20th century. If they’re so smart, why don’t they talk like we do? And there’s the rub: now they don’t, but Amazon, Facebook, and Google, among others, see competitive advantage in bringing the best voice interaction to market. The impact will be similar to the one Google had on internet search, so why not get excited.

ReCode offers a good overview of ...

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