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Using AI In An Uncertain World

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Like anything else in life except death and taxes (and even the particulars of these are uncertain), uncertainty is something that humans deal with every day. From relying on the weather report for umbrella advice to getting to work on time, every day actions are fraught with uncertainty and we all have learned how to navigate an unpredictable world. As AI becomes widely deployed, it simply adds a new dimension of unpredictability. Perhaps, however, instead of trying to stuff the ...

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2016 – Roundups on AI/Cognitive Computing

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As the days finally start to get longer and the year comes to a close, the trade press, and even the broader media, have a hard time resisting the urge to sum up what’s gone on in the past twelve months, and sometimes to look ahead.

For AI and Cognitive Computing, 2016 proved to be a breakout year in a number of ways, and we offer here links to three different and interesting perspectives.

In Software Development Times, Christina Cardoza enumerates the ...

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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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Pursuing AI Research in a Context of Human Ethics

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The New York Times is reporting an nascent effort on the part of leading commercial companies with AI research programs, including Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon, to work together in self-regulating the interactions of social and ethical considerations with AI research.

The Times report is here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/technology/artificial-intelligence-ethics.html?ref=technology

The big 5 are discussing a collaboration to devise a framework to insure ethical research and development efforts, as artificial intelligence and cognitive computing systems increasingly enter into and in some cases direct decision ...

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Susan Feldman Presents Cognitive Application Framework at CSIG

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Sue Feldman presented her work on developing a framework for analyzing cognitive computing applications at the Cognitive Systems Institute Group Speaker Series on September 1, 2016.

She described a general framework integrating business value, application behavior, technology deployed, and data sources curated. She also offered her views on the emerging continuum of cognitive applications, ranging from tightly honed expert systems to open, exploratory kinds of applications designed to promote serendipity.

Interaction context is another foundation element in cognitive applications, and Sue presented ...

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Approaches to Artificial Neuron Processing: Phase Change Materials et. al.

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IBM has announced multiple projects in its program to design a new generation of chips that might achieve orders-of-magnitude improvements in power and efficiency. The general model for this research is the low power consumption, highly connected, extremely flexible and adaptable human brain.

This week, the firm’s Zurich-based semiconductor unit published a report of their work in Nature Nanotechnolgy. The article describes their success at using phase change materials to create artificial neurons.

Find a summary of the work here:

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2016/08/03/ibm-develops-new-artificial-neurons-that-process-data-like-the-human-brain/

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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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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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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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IBM Watson Meets Big Bird

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Children are natural explorers. They like to learn. However, their learning styles can vary wildly. How can we allow each child to learn at his or her own pace, teaching them what they need to know, but within the context of what excites each child’s curiosity? Can we deliver knowledge when they are most ready to learn it? Can we deliver those ideas within the context of the world they know to enhance and deepen learning?

On April 27th, IBM Watson ...

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