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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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IBM’s concierge bot serves hotel guests in interesting ways

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I learned three things from IBM’s Connie the concierge robot when I visited her at the Hilton in McClean, Virginia. First, my Southern accent is much stronger than I realized. Second, voice recognition systems still have trouble understanding some of us. Third, the natural language processing capabilities of this Watson-driven robot are impressive, but our brief acquaintance indicates that they fall short of being cognitive.

According to IBM’s March press release about the project, “Connie uses a combination of Watson ...

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Hardware advances aid in machine learning tasks

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In the last week we’ve seen some noteworthy developments in the cognitive computing field. Most significantly, Google and then Microsoft, open sourced their machine learning systems in an effort to move the field ahead. But software is not the only component involved in this advancement. There has also been significant progress in machine learning and other artificial intelligence tasks because we have more and faster processing power.

Some folks are beginning to look at what, if any, changes we need to ...

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An evolution in computing

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With interest and activity in the field of cognitive computing heating up, a succinct definition of cognitive computing and an overview of some of the technologies behind it might be useful. I’ll also share a few of the practical applications that are emerging in the field. They are already demonstrating just how effective cognitive computing can be at helping answer complex questions.

At its core, cognitive computing is a collaboration between people and computers with a simple goal: to magnify human ...

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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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Cognitive Computing: Life Imitates Popular Culture

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The pivotal moment in The Imitation Game when viewers knew that Alan Turing and his MI6 colleagues were going to win the day was also the moment they saw the first foreshadowing of cognitive computing—where processes were developed that used a hybrid of man and machine to attack problems beyond the understanding of either.

Turing, the subject of the movie and the book by the same name, was the first to theorize ...

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