Business computing to focus more on cognition processing

Cognition processing will be at the forefront of business computing within 10 years, according to Robert High, the CTO of IBM's Watson Group, in his keynote speech at RoboBusiness.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report December 14, 2015

In less than 10 years, the volume of business computing will change from transaction processing to cognition processing, according to IBM’s Robert High in his keynote speech at RoboBusiness.

This is an important enough trend to stimulate IBM to put over $1 billion into their Watson group—a group working on healthcare, legal and other industry segments that can benefit from the same cognition processing technology which enabled Watson to win at Jeopardy!. High, the chief technology officer (CTO) of IBM’s Watson Group, described the emerging era of embodied cognitive computing leading to providing cognition as a service, as a third hand such as a lab technician might need, or as a concierge as Jibo and Echo (and human concierges) offer, as an office assistant might provide and in field settings like search and rescue. The cognition process involves machines interacting with humans in writing, verbally, with tactal and visual cues and with gestures. 

ABI Research’s Dan Kara described in another discussion how technology is transitioning to have constant connection to the Internet of Things (IoT)—from self-describing tags telling robots what they are. This is designed to support the robots’ perception and manipulation processes and allow robots to act as gateways for all the IoT devices that might need to communicate with the robot and perhaps each other. Eventually, this might lead to the ultimate situation of everything being ubiquitously connected to everything.

Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report. After selling his business and retiring from 25+ years as computer direct marketing and materials and consulting to the Democratic National Committee and major presidential, senatorial, congressional, mayoral campaigns and initiatives all across the U.S., Canada and internationally, he has energetically pursued a new career in researching and investing in robotics. This article originally appeared on The Robot Report. The Robot Report is a CFE Media content partner. Edited by Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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