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PSW#2328: The Coming Era of Cognitive Computing

Cognitive systems will learn and master complexities on their own and interact to provide expert assistance to scientists, engineers, lawyers, and other professionals in a fraction of the time it now takes. This lecture will discuss how the confluence of mobile, social, cloud, Big Data, and analytics is ushering in a new era of cognitive computing and how Watson, the first cognitive system, debuted in a televised Jeopardy! challenge, is currently being trained in oncology diagnosis for healthcare professionals and in customer service as a support representative.


Jane L. Snowdon

Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Federal and Director, IBM Federal Cloud Innovation Center


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  • Joel W.

    Very interesting. What is yet to be seen, is how Watson continues to learn in new environments outside the medical one.
    The dynamic change of weighted points along it's decision tree, sound like the rudimentary processes of a child starting to learn.
    Interesting question relative to whether or not it will proceed to the level of awareness, that is, understanding more philosophical contexts, or at least understand such.
    Very good look into the world where neuroscience and perhaps advanced computer science, meet.

    February 8, 2014

  • Vikram D.

    Sorry. Got held up at work.

    February 7, 2014

  • Lance M.

    It will be interesting to see how this technology can be applicable not just in healthcare, but for knowledge workers in many industries, especially patents, publishing, and other scientific communities.

    February 2, 2014

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