Although cognitive computing, which is many a times referred to as AI or Artificial Intelligence, is not a new concept, the hype surrounding it and the level of interest pertaining to it is definitely new. The combination of hype surrounding robot overlords, vendor marketing and concerns regarding job losses has fueled the hype into where we stand now.

But, behind the cloud of hype that is surrounding the technology currently, there lies a potential for increased productivity, the ability to solve problems deemed too complex for the average human brains and better knowledge based transactions and interactions with consumers. I recently got a chance to catch up with Dmitri Tcherevik, who is the CTO of Progress, about this disruption and we had a healthy discussion which led to the following insights.  Cognitive computing is considered a marketing jargon by many, but in layman terms it is used to define the ability of computers to replicate or stimulate human thought processes.

The processes behind cognitive computing may make use of the same principles as AI, including neural networks, machine learning, contextual awareness, sentimental analysis, and natural language processing. However, there is a minute difference between both of them.

Both AI and Cognitive Computing may look extremely alike, but like we mentioned above there is a small difference between both methods. Firstly, artificial intelligence does not work at mimicking human thought processes.

The concept behind AI is to not mimic human thought and processes, but to solve a problem through the use of the best possible algorithm. This can be illustrated through an example of a car, which stays on course and avoids a collision. Read more from…

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