It’s springtime at last for cognitive computing

I’ve been in the IT industry since the mid-1980s, and I’ve seen technology fads come and go. I’m as jaded as the next industry veteran. For most of my career, artificial intelligence (AI) was generally derided as a research-driven fad that failed to achieve its early promise. When you hear about the so-called AI winter, it refers to the successive waves of AI hype and disillusionment triggered by the underwhelming commercial adoption of supposedly intelligent systems. The net effect of these waves had been to harden longtime industry observers in their cynicism and keep the AI niche from growing into a substantial piece of the IT mainstream. [ Also on InfoWorld: How machine learning ate Microsoft. | Get a digest of the day’s top tech stories in the InfoWorld Daily…


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