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Cognitive Computing

Through the years, we’ve all seen our share of talking, anthropomorphic computers in the small and silver screen: there’s K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, the Red Queen from Resident Evil, and more recently, Samantha, the amorous OS from the movie Her. And just when we think that this kind of technology is years away from becoming a reality, IBM is about to transform the way computers interact with us. IBM has invented Watson, the world’s first cognitive computer. Unlike Apple’s Siri or Windows’ Cortana, Watson boasts a more advanced cognitive technology that can process information more like a human brain. Watson is capable of understanding natural language instead of relying on entered information. It can learn new things and even generate and evaluate hypotheses by “reading” vast amounts of data. And to make Watson even more humanlike, IBM recently acquired Cognea, an Australian startup that makes virtual assistants with personalities. This latest acquisition may usher in the new era of cognitive computing, and it seems only a matter of time before we begin having real conversations with our computers.