What is Cognitive Computing?
If you ignore all the jargon, IBM ads, and intellectual Medium pieces, Cognitive Computing is simply a way to make a computer think like humans.
Picture yourself cosy on your couch, sipping coffee while Netflix assesses your tastes and suggests content that might interest you. In essence, Netflix is as concrete an example of cognitive computing as any. You change your mind, and ask Alexa to play Havana on your Echo. Again, cognitive computing. Humming to the tunes, you browse through Coseer’s personalized email about your stock portfolio gains today. Guessed it right – cognitive computing again.
Let’s try to put it simply, cutting through all the IBM Watson ads and Medium pieces talking about this in an intellectual manner that comes easy to Silicon Valley.
What is Cognitive Computing?
Cognitive Computing is about teaching a computer a way to think like a human would. Coined by IBM, technically the term refers to creation of self-learning systems that use data mining, pattern recognition and natural language processing (NLP) to mirror the way a human brain works. These systems can:
- Understand human communications.
- Map a sense of their processes on to the real world.
- Continually bolster their learning to anticipate and solve new problems.
The purpose of cognitive computing is to solve complicated problems without human oversight, much faster than humans ever could. It is turning out that cognitive computing isn’t a piece of a puzzle; it is changing the entire playing fields.
Think of everything you do in the information or digital world. Some things need your creativity or judgment. Everything else will soon be automated using cognitive computing. Imagine a Siri like technology mapping cybersecurity risks, diagnosing medical issues, running an entire manufacturing floor or judging social media feedback for cafes and restaurants. All that and more.
Is Cognitive Computing real or science fiction?
You can start on your cognitive computing journey right now!
Even today, cognitive computing can be used by enterprises to speed up and streamline everyday tasks, create a perfect assistant to humans and make smarter decisions backed by data. For example, see where Coseer is being used already. These applications improves the turnaround time for a problem or your workflow woes, and gives your team a competitive advantage.
The problem was never about data. For at least a decade now, tech industry has been dealing a huge corpus of data which has been subjected to analytics, theorems and algorithms of all sorts.
The problem lay within a more human perspective to that data. Coupled with the accuracy and speed that comes naturally to machines, cognitive computing can help you solve routine and complex problems so that your team can focus on stuff that matters.