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The New AI-on-board Applications: Who Will Build Them?

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Cognitive computing faces a range of challenges as it moves from computer science labs and pilot projects and edges out into the main stream. The media is full of articles on the promises and perils of the technology. We can read about a few real successes in the field, and a few spectacular misses, like the scandal surrounding IBM and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Austin, TX. We can read about how the technology will take all of our ...

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Research Program on Standard Reference Framework for Cognitive Computing Applications

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The Cognitive Computing Consortium and Babson College’s Division of Technology, Operations, and Information Management have launched a joint research program focused on establishing a standard reference framework for describing cognitive computing applications. The program is led by Professor Ganesan Shankar of Babson College and Susan Feldman of the Cognitive Computing Consortium.

The research is based on an ongoing series of structured interviews with organizations who have created and deployed applications of cognitive computing technologies to one or more use cases within ...

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Cognitive Liability?

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Tesla paid a high price in May, 2016, when a complex of issues involving its autopilot and vision functions—as well as driver overconfidence—caused the crash a Florida that killed one of its enthusiastic supporters and brought to the forefront the risk involved in operating a supposedly autonomous driving system that turns out not to be.

Beyond the obvious risk to life and limb, there lurks another unresolved issue that could turn out to be an equally important factor to the success ...

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Uber & Geometric Intelligence

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Uber’s announcement that it has acquired Geometric Intelligence and its 15 ai computer scientists can be viewed on the surface as yet another in a months’ long string of talent raids by the mega-tech firms on academic departments and ai startups.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/technology/uber-bets-on-artificial-intelligence-with-acquisition-and-new-lab.html

At another, more strategic level, it could be viewed as more evidence of capitulation on the part of the mega vendors—an acknowledgement that the more “cognitive” problems in upper level decision-making by ...

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Facebook Attempts to Minimize the Importance of Fake News & Filter Bubble Problems

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“The problem with Facebook’s influence on political discourse is not limited to the dissemination of fake news. It’s also about echo chambers. The company’s algorithm chooses which updates appear higher up in users’ newsfeeds and which are buried. Humans already tend to cluster among like-minded people and seek news that confirms their biases. Facebook’s research shows that the company’s algorithm encourages this by somewhat prioritizing updates that users find comforting.”

So writes Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the University of North ...

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Notes from World of Watson 2016

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IBM’s World of Watson served up an impressive smorgasbord this year: topnotch speakers, thought provoking research, roving robots, and Olli, a self-driving bus/tour guide. For those of us who have tracked cognitive computing since its beginning, the most impressive part of the conference was its size: 17,000 people trekking among multiple venues, hundreds of exhibitors. It’s apparent that AI and cognitive computing and IoT are all converging, and that it’s difficult to tease them apart.

Aside from the mandatory linguistic aspects ...

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Under Micro Focus, formerly HPE Autonomy Assets Face Uncertain Future In Cognitive Computing

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The announcement that HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) has spun out most of its software assets to UK-based Micro Focus International plc indicates that the company is adopting a strategy of retreat from the fast-moving but nascent field of cognitive computing.

Micro Focus has had a successful run up on the London Stock Exchange since the beginning of the year. On the news of the deal, the stock value spiked: it is now up 45% year-to-date. While this should be good news ...

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HP Announces API Combinations for Cognitive App Development

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HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) has announced a new offering and marketplace infrastructure with the enviable title of HPE Haven OnDemand Combinations, designed to accelerate the development of “next generation cognitive applications.” The combinations are preconfigured sets or chains of APIs which have been available from HPE in the IDOL on-premise software and more recently offered in a variety of freemium and commercial packages through HPE’s Haven OnDemand cloud services.

HPE’s description of the new functionality can be found here:

https://community.havenondemand.com/t5/Blog/Introducing-the-fastest-way-to-add-intelligence-to-all-your-apps/ba-p/3227

Any application ...

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Beyond the Hype: Cognitive Computing and Your Business, Your Job, Your Life

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The noise level in the press about cognitive computing is rising dramatically—we see can this from Google Trends, which show us that the popularity of searches for “cognitive computing” on Google are up almost exactly 100% from a year ago. This should be good news for those interested in the emergence of our current “third platform of computing” (IDC, Open Group). But a fair question about all this attention is: “Is the hype shedding more light on the issues and ...

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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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