Entries with tag cognitive computing.

IBM Watson Goes to School

Computer science students attending seven US universities will be able to work with IBM's Watson cognitive-computing system in classes starting this fall. The participants, primarily seniors and graduate students, will access the supercomputer via the cloud and use it to develop cognitive computing applications, which could include an application for consumer shopping personalization, for one of several possible industries, such as retail, travel or healthcare. These cognitive-computing applications will be built on data students gather, which they will then use with Watson’s existing knowledge base and its learning technologies, such as natural language processing and machine learning. This program is part of IBM’s $1 billion investment in expanding Watson’s profile. Participating schools will include New York University; the University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon University; Ohio State University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; the University of Texas at Austin; and the University of California, Berkeley. (The Associated Press)(IBM)

IBM: Computing Moves to Cognitive Technologies within Five Years

In its annual “5 in 5” list, IBM expects computers able to see, hear, taste, smell, and touch to be developed in five years. By mimicking the sensing ability of humans, says IBM, cognitive computers will be able to help humans better understand the world and do so more deeply. These computers will be able to program themselves and adapt over time. They will also be able to take a vast array of data input, such as text and video.  The company says there is a vast difference between cognitive computing and artificial intelligence, adding that cognitive computing is designed as an assistive technology, designed to respond to humans and eliminating the need for programming. “[B]y providing a human-style of input, it’s freed us from the task of programming and moved to the task of training. It simply has -- not more intelligence -- but more bandwidth, and there’s a huge difference between the two,” Bernard Meyerson, the company’s chief innovation office, told Mashable. (Mashable)(PC Mag)(IBM – Building a Smarter Planet Blog)

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