The Cognitive Computing Consortium Mission

To provide a forum for researchers, developers and practitioners of cognitive computing and its allied technologies. Its goals are to:

Develop a Community

Develop a community of experts and practitioners for the exchange of ideas

Create Alliances

Promote and support research in cognitive computing

Publish Research

Publish research reports and practical guides on cognitive computing

Sponsor Events

Participate in events and conferences on cognitive computing

Rationale

Innovations happen when three elements converge: market needs, available technologies, and an environment of experimentation and adventure. Cognitive computing represents a series of innovations emerging from exactly this confluence of forces:

Market Demand

A significant market demand for intelligent computing systems is emerging, as the quantity of data and the pervasive spread of computers into the furthest corners of everyday life have dramatically increased the complexity individuals must face in order to manage their data environments. These new environments have often left individuals powerless to make sense of the information they need to accomplish tasks and achieve goals.

Robust Technologies

Continuing advances in computer technologies—both hardware and software— have lowered barriers to achieving effective computer support in all kinds of environments. Hardware speed, storage capacity, miniaturization, network presence and reliability, and mobility are achieving unprecedented levels of performance and integration. At the same time, advances in software development infrastructures and techniques, availability of robust open software solutions, and a generation of developers raised on internet technology have revolutionized the speed with which new solutions are created, enhanced, and then superseded by more innovative approaches.

Drive to Innovate

Powered both by the presence of a vigilant and ambitious venture investor community and by the drive of a new generation of dominant technology firms to out-innovate their competitors, today’s technology markets are exceptionally adventurous. From self-driving cars, to book-delivering drones, to sci-fi eyewear, Dick Tracy power watches, and TV game-playing supercomputers, we are clearly in a period eager for experimentation.

Today, vendors like IBM’s Watson group are developing platforms and applications that provide a potentially powerful alternative style of analytic applications. These new platforms will become a springboard for future innovation in the industry, and they will offer opportunities to many businesses and technology firms to enhance their own performance. But in order to fulfill its promise, this emerging platform requires several pieces currently missing from the conversation and the hype, including:

  • Understanding of its foundation elements
  • Definition of its potential market value and types of uses
  • Technical and management education to dispel skepticism among industry players and customers alike.

The Consortium provides an open source approach to creating new ideas about these missing elements, bringing together leading industry and academic thinkers to create a credible process to advance industry and market understanding of the nature and importance of cognitive computing.

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