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With Watson, Is IBM Riding Right Wave?
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D. Henschen
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1/10/2014 | 11:06:40 AM
Which Wave Will Be More Important?
So are we entering the connected-computing era or the cognitive-computing era? What's your view on which one is more important, more real, and which one will have bigger implications over the long term?
David F. Carr
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1/10/2014 | 11:51:41 AM
Re: Which Wave Will Be More Important?
Sounds like at a minimum you're impressed with IBM's courage in pursuing this path with Watson.
Kristin Burnham
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1/10/2014 | 12:07:00 PM
Cool and Crazy
"Watson understands natural language. It generates and evaluates hypotheses. It adapts to and learns new information. It's even learning to see, to hear, and to offer visual answers."


^^Reminds me of Stepford Wives. Really neat technology that's also kind of scary.
RobPreston
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1/10/2014 | 12:08:00 PM
Re: Which Wave Will Be More Important?
Salesforce.com's "vision" isn't a vision at all. It's a me-too proposition. Lots of vendors are slapping their own label on the Internet of Things (GE: Industrial Internet, Cisco: Internet Of Everything, etc.), and now Salesforce.com has Internet Of Customers. It's not all that impressive. At least IBM is sticking its neck out. We'll see whether the big commercial opportunities will follow.
ANON1247573258647
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ANON1247573258647,
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1/10/2014 | 12:42:41 PM
Re: Which Wave Will Be More Important?
IBM is far from alone in cognitive computing.  It is the same contact behind Siri, Google Now, and the forthcoming Microsoftt personal assistant.  It is also behind much of the robotics research.  I would also argue that the Internet of Whatever is not a competing concept, but rather a complementary one that will allow cognifitive computing to accumulate more and more data to cogitate upon.
sbalakrishnan029
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1/10/2014 | 12:50:08 PM
Re: Which Wave Will Be More Important?
Connected-Computing era is a reality and in place, though lot of connected and slow processing all put together, which need to improve upon, while cognitive computing era is still yet to get up and running or should i say in the works....So both has a long way to go to gain a lot in terms of its maturity and hope will be able to engage a lot of people in society overall...
D. Henschen
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1/10/2014 | 1:01:12 PM
Re: Which Wave Will Be More Important?
These sound like examples of tapping into cognitive computing capabilities, but what other big tech vendor are trying to bring cognitive computing capabilities to the enterprise? I asked John Gordon of the IBM Watson Group this question yesterday and he couldn't name any. He did mention a few universities that are doing research in this area. What I meant is that IBM is virtually alone in trying to commercialize cognitive computing.
Somedude8
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1/10/2014 | 1:11:04 PM
An AI by any other name
Seems like every few years, some variation of AI is going to be The Next Big Thing, claiming that within a few years, we will have full on thinking computers that don't require any programming blah blah blah.

Call me a cynic, but I have heard this song too many times to buy into it.

Besides, I am afraid of Skynet hehe!
ChrisMurphy
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1/10/2014 | 2:29:10 PM
Re: Which Wave Will Be More Important?
Here's the link: I don't think we'll be able to wring full value out of the connected computing world without cognitive computing, machine learning, whatever you want to call it. The Internet of things creates just too many data points to consider all the possible connections to analyze. In that way it's a classic IBM play: yes, we all see this big idea out there, you'll need our stuff to actually do what you imagine.
WKash
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1/10/2014 | 2:56:37 PM
Re: Which Wave Will Be More Important?
The organizations to watch may not be tech companies but tech consumers such as the CIA, which continues to use vast computing power to identify relevant signals in an ever changing world of data noise. The fact that the CIA chose Amazon Web Services over IBM for a $600 million cloud infrastructure contract is telling: Even with IBM's leadership with Watson and cognitive computing, there are other factors at play in arriving at useful answers. 

I'm also skeptical that by vacuuming up data from the Internet of Everything, that Salesforce will be able to deliver much more than just a lot of data about data.
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