Cognitive is a next computing paradigm, responding to demand for always-on, hyper-aware data technologies that scale from device form to the enterprise.
Cognitive computing is an approach rather than a specific capability. Cognitive mimics human perception, synthesis, and reasoning capabilities by applying human-like machine-learning methods to discern, assess, and exploit patterns in everyday data. It’s a natural for automating text, speech, and image processing and dynamic human-machine interactions.
IBM is big on cognitive. The company’s recent AlchemyAPI acquisition is only the latest of many moves in the space. This particular acquisition adds market-proven text and image processing, backed by deep learning, a form of machine learning that resolves features at varying scales, to the IBM Watson technology stack. But IBM is by no means the only company applying machine learning to natural language understanding, and it’s not the only company operating under the cognitive computing banner.
Digital Reasoning is an innovator in natural language processing and, more broadly, in cognitive computing. The company’s tag line:
We build software that understands human communication — in many languages, across many domains, and at enormous scale. We help people see the world more clearly so they can make a positive difference for humanity.
Digital Reasoning CEO Tim EstesTim Estes founded Digital Reasoning in 2000, focusing first on military/intelligence applications and, in recent years, on financial markets and clinical medicine. Insight in these domains requires synthesis of facts from disparate sources. Context is key.
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