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Cognitive Computing

As defined by IBM - "Cognitive computing refers to systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose and interact with humans naturally. Rather than being explicitly programmed, they learn and reason from their interactions with us and from their experiences with their environment. They are made possible by advances in a number of scientific fields over the past half-century, and are different in important ways from the information systems that preceded them.

Those systems have been deterministic; cognitive systems are probabilistic. They generate not just answers to numerical problems, but hypotheses, reasoned arguments and recommendations about more complex — and meaningful — bodies of data. What’s more, cognitive systems can make sense of the 80 percent of the world’s data that computer scientists call “unstructured.” This enables them to keep pace with the volume, complexity and unpredictability of information and systems in the modern world.

None of this involves either sentience or autonomy on the part of machines. Rather, it consists of augmenting the human ability to understand — and act upon — the complex systems of our society. This augmented intelligence is the necessary next step in our ability to harness technology in the pursuit of knowledge, to further our expertise and to improve the human condition. That is why it represents not just a new technology, but the dawn of a new era of technology, business and society: the Cognitive Era.

The success of cognitive computing will not be measured by Turing tests or a computer’s ability to mimic humans. It will be measured in more practical ways, like return on investment, new market opportunities, diseases cured and lives saved."

The following links provide in-depth information about Congnitive Computing and how the world is about to change.

  Computing, Cognition and the Future of Knowing
How humans and machines are forging a new age of understanding
Article by Dr. John E. Kelly III Senior Vice President, IBM Research and Solutions Portfolio
  The Cognitive Era
An exploration of the fascinating and diverse set of issues related to the powerful cognitive technologies that are emerging to augment human capacity and understanding.
Hosted by IBM
  Cognitive Computing: Real-world applications
Article by Judith Lamont is a research analyst and a KMWorld Senior Writer
  Cognitive Automation - The revolution has started. Are you ready?
KPMG announces an agreement with IBM Watson to help deliver cognitive-powered insights. The convergence of robotic process automation (RPA), machine learning, cognitive computing, and advanced analytics are driving unparalleled business model transformation. In this uncharted territory, enterprises need a partner that can help them seamlessly integrate people and machines, while simultaneously harnessing the technological disruption into competitive advantage.
Hosted by KPMG.