is cognitive computing?
Cognitive computing is the term we’re currently
using to describe initiatives and technologies, such as IBM Watson, that are
enabling machines to learn and evolve through experience, reason with purpose,
and interact with humans in a more natural way.
Cognitive systems can
be trained in specific domains of expertise in the same way the human
Once trained, a cognitive system opens up a world of exciting new
for industry and academic research alike, and can also be integrated
with data analytics capabilities. Instead of just seeing patterns and
trends, cognitive technology allows computers to perform deeper
the data. This means that businesses and researchers alike can make
more intelligent decisions with greater confidence and understanding.
than just a buzzword?
the arrival of new technologies, there is often a certain degree of buzzword
bingo and hype to navigate – and we know this better than most! It is no
surprise, then, that the furore surrounding cognitive computing can be hard to
decipher at times.
why we’ve created this short animation to illustrate the potential of cognitive
computing and how we’re looking to apply it to real world problems. We hope it
helps to demystify the applications of cognitive computing in an accessible way.
Please feel free to share it with anyone else looking to get to grips with what
cognitive has to offer!
can it be used?
computing can be applied to a vast number of industry and research problems, but
typically the domains cognitive computing is best suited to are those
involving complex problems, with decision-making based on several competing
solutions. Reasoning in such domains would usually be probabilistic, and may
involve assigning levels of confidence to each solution. There will also be the
possibility of developing solutions through improving the underlying data
collection (particularly in quality, rather than quantity only). Medical
diagnoses are an example of this, being typically probabilistic, with further
tests ordered as required in specific cases.
One way that cognitive computing will soon make a difference
is through our collaboration with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to create a
cognitive hospital which improves the patient experience. Read the Hartree
Insights article below for more info.
If we’ve whet your appetite and you want to
know more about applying cognitive computing to your industry or research
challenges, please contact us or take a look at our cognitive computing page.