IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - May 2018 - 52
The COGNITIVE EDGE
How cognitive computing can help organizations discover new insights
from their data
o some, cognitive computing and artificial intelligence (AI) have a gee-whiz
component. Articles effuse over how the technology can truly automate
automated vehicles, create movie trailers and even write (self-reflexive)
articles on the topic.
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But practical business uses
for cognitive computing and AI
are far more than gee-whizery.
In fact, nearly every major tech
firm is working on AI to assist
in decision-making processes,
streamline operations and even
automate some tasks.
IBM is a leader in this burgeoning field, especially after
it unveiled its natural-language
"Jeopardy!"-playing IBM Watson*
cognitive-computing system. (It
had been working in this area
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even years before that TV debut.)
Its designers could have sat back
and rested on their laurels, but
they saw this as more of a test
case than an end unto itself.
Thanks to this forward-looking
insight, Watson (as well as some
publicly available data) is now
available around the world as
part of the cloud-computing
In addition to that, IBM has
developed on-premises cognitive
tools, including IBM PowerAI
running on IBM Power Systems*.
This software package allows
data scientists to quickly deploy
deep-learning models and developers to more easily integrate
them into their applications,
leveraging information only they
have access to.
Putting the Pieces
As Roger Bales, manager, Worldwide Business Development
and executive consultant, IBM