IBM: Is Watson Truly Ushering In The New Era Of Cognitive Computing?

Shutterstock photo By Tom Armistead : Let’s start by defining and explaining the AI effect. Briefly, we humans have a tendency, as soon as computers gain a new capability, to dismiss it as mere brute force computation, rather than recognize any similarity to the human thought process. The best example is the reaction to Deep Blue’s victory over world chess champion Gary Kasparov. The interpretation is simple: it was simply a matter of brute force computation. End of story: we humans are still unique in possessing the ability to actually think. Here’s a link to a Wikipedia article that develops this concept more fully. Back in the early 1970’s, as an underwriter, I pushed a mountain of paper to make decisions to cancel or non-renew personal lines insurance policies. Some…


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