Artificial intelligence and cognitive computing: the what, why and where

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Artificial intelligence and cognitive computing: the what, why and where

Although artificial intelligence is here since a long time in many forms and ways, it’s a term that quite some people, certainly IT vendors, don’t like to use that much anymore – but artificial intelligence is very real, for your business too.

Instead of talking about artificial intelligence (AI) many describe the current wave of AI innovation and acceleration with – admittedly somewhat differently positioned – terms and concepts such as cognitive computing or focus on several real-life applications of artificial intelligence that often start with words such as “smart”, “intelligent”, “predictive” and, indeed, “cognitive”, depending on the exact application – and vendor. Despite the term issues, artificial intelligence is essential for and in, among others, information management, medicine/healthcare, data analysis, digital transformation, security (cybersecurity and others), various consumer applications, scientific advances, FinTech, predictive systems and so much more. An exploration.

The historical issue with artificial intelligence – is cognitive better?

There are many reasons why several vendors doubt using the term artificial intelligence for AI solutions/innovations and often package them in another term (trust us, we’ve been there). Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term that has somewhat of a negative connotation in general perception but also in the perception of technology leaders and firms.

One major issue is that artificial intelligence – which is really a broad concept/reality, covering many technologies and realities – has become like a thing we talk about and also seem to need to have an opinion/feeling about, with thanks to, among others, popular culture. Hollywood loves AI (or better: superintelligence, not the same). It makes for good sci-fi blockbusters and movies where non-human ‘things’ such as robots take over the world. The fact that AI is such a broad concept leads to misunderstandings about what it exactly means. Some people are really speaking about machine learning when they talk about AI. Others essentially talk about analytics and in doomsday movie scenarios everything gets mixed, including robotics and superintelligence, something we don’t have yet.

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Artificial intelligence and cognitive computing: the what, why and where

Although artificial intelligence is here since a long time in many forms and ways, it’s a term that quite some people, certainly IT vendors, don’t like to use that much anymore – but artificial intelligence is very real, for your business too.

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Eric Axelrod

President & Chief Architect at DIGR
I have helped companies bring new data driven products to market, drive efficiency out of their supply chain, execute strategic plans, and drive top line and bottom line growth by enabling every business function with actionable analytics. I can transform a business which is lacking critical insight into an agile, strategic, data driven organization.

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