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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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