New Era of Cognitive Computing



IBM's chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty has called the coming times a new era in computing a new era in cognitive computing a new era in cognitive systems the phrase new era signifies not an incremental or a tactical shift it signifies a fundamental strategic and technological shift in terms of the technology and what we do with it if one of the ideas is to get computers to interact with us the way we want to interact with one another instead of us sitting down and programming a computer someplace then this notion of computers that deal with images the way we do or being able to visualize what we do in a way that isn't a spreadsheet it isn't a bar chart it's really visual it's really the way humans interact with the world I think that will transform how we do a lot of what we do in the business world as well as in our private lives I mean the computers we've been using for the past 60 years have been amazing machines but they've all been slaves to what's called the von Neumann architecture a certain way of constructing a computer that involves separating memory and processing doing things in a sequential step-by-step fashion and doing those things according to a program that's been pre-written so our brains don't work that way at all they do things in parallel memory and processing are very intimately intertwined and there's no program we do the things we do because of the way our brains are configured so it's been very difficult for computer scientists to try to simulate the brain using traditional computers and that's why we're working on this project where we're trying to invent an entirely new computer architecture that works more like the way our brains do and hopefully will be good at the same kinds of tests that our our brains are good at the essence of cognitive computing to me is to think about the difference between the way that most computers work now and the way that the most sophisticated computers on the planet work and those computers are the things that we all carry around in our heads along with you know mammals and all the other little animals that run around and do these amazing feats in real time taking in their environment understanding making decisions very fluidly you know in responding and and how often have you looked at a computer while it's still a little hourglass is spinning and then it does the wrong thing right so the ability to bring a level of fluidity and appropriateness to the way that we interact with computing making computers actually more like biological systems whether or not their brains but having that kind of fluidity where they may respond and react appropriately so you feel like you're dealing with another living thing not not a machine when you look at what the human brain can do it's really amazing the way we can reason about things and think very deeply about things but where we start to run into a wall as when we're faced with leveraging huge volumes of data so looking through tons of documents millions of books for instance is almost impossible for the human brain but in order to push the boundaries of human cognition we want to provide access to all that data so I think one of the first challenges or tasks of these cognitive computing systems is to facilitate or enable human cognition beyond these barriers and that's exactly what Watson is all about in fact it's about providing access to huge volumes of literature unstructured information text digesting it evaluating it and providing efficient access for humans to that information to help that human cognitive process cognitive computing is about drawing inspiration from the brain and yet respecting the technological and engineering constraints of the society to create a new generation of computers and a new generation of services and solutions to make the world better

10 Comments

  1. brazwen said:

    "A new era… A new era…. A new era" yes we get your point.

    June 30, 2019
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  2. S said:

    Maybe the computers of the future will allow IBM technicians to speak at 1.5x speed in real time.

    June 30, 2019
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  3. adnan souri said:

    1:31 SAMSUNG in IBM

    June 30, 2019
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  4. CRY0BIT said:

    indeed. using quantum computers to simulate a brain will change the world

    June 30, 2019
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  5. Pete Stevenson said:

    The human brain is the next frontier in advanced research! Very exciting times indeed!

    June 30, 2019
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  6. Horhay Fernandez said:

    In the year 2050 the US defense system Syknet will become aware, in the year 2070 50% of the human race will exist, and in the year 2090 the earth will be void of human life. Only John Connor can save us from the machine.

    June 30, 2019
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  7. Catherine Coste said:

    This is fantastic! This video is so fascinating, great job!!

    June 30, 2019
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  8. oguretsagressive said:

    0:08 – 0:45: very _enlightening_ dude πŸ™‚

    June 30, 2019
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  9. Tor Barstad said:

    Keep up the important work!

    June 30, 2019
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  10. iam-perfect said:

    really horrible when we deal with computers like us I am waiting that moment …

    June 30, 2019
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