Scientific Talks

Cognitive Computing and Big Data*

Michael Hehenberger, PhD
Partner, HM Nanomed LLC

The term ‘Cognitive Computing’ has been defined by IBM as ‘computing systems that learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either humans or machine could do on their own, and helping human experts make better decisions by penetrating the complexity of Big Data’. In 2005, Ray Kurzweil redefined ‘Singularity’, a term traditionally associated with points at which a given mathematical object is no longer defined or not “well-behaved”, as a hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence.

As both computer hardware and big data text analytic algorithms are advancing at a rapid pace, it is feasible that Kurzweil’s prediction will become true within the near future. The talk will cover Cognitive Computing and IBM’s Watson project and explain how it could impact healthcare and life sciences.

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