Cognitive Computing is not an IBM Fraud

In February, a couple of weeks ago, Dr. Roger Schank castigated IBM. Accusing IBM of “fraud”, Dr Schank asserted “they are not doing “cognitive computing” no matter how many times they say they are”.

Dr Schank has been CEO of Socratic Arts since 2002, is a prolific publisher of articles and books, and formerly holding positions including Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at Yale University and Director of the Yale Artificial Intelligence Project (1974–1989), a visiting professor at the University of Paris VII, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science at Stanford University (1968–1973), and research fellow at the…


The State of the Art

Most experts have settled on a description of Artificial Intelligence as being the scientific endeavour of building computers that mimic the capabilities of the human brain.

To put that into perspective, we know that Human Intelligence started to evolve 7–8 million years ago when our oldest ancestors had a brain volume of about 450 cubic centimetres. In the next 3.5 million years various species of the “Hominin” group evolved with our ancestors’ brain volume increased to about 1350 cubic centimetres. Modern humans (average brain volume of about 1200 cubic centimetres) evolved from the Homo Sapiens species during a period of…


The State of the Art

Most experts have settled on a description of Artificial Intelligence as being the scientific endeavor of building computers that mimic the capabilities of the human brain.

To put that into perspective, we know that Human Intelligence started to evolve 7–8 million years ago when our oldest ancestors had a brain volume of about 450 cubic centimeters. In the next 3.5 million years our ancestors’ brain volume increased to about 1350 cubic centimeters. Modern humans (average brain volume of about 1200 cubic centimeters) evolved from the Homo Sapiens species during a period of dramatic climate change…


The State of the Art

Most experts have settled on a description of Artificial Intelligence as being the scientific endeavor of building computers that mimic the capabilities of the human brain.

To put that into perspective, we know that Human Intelligence started to evolve 7–8 million years ago when our oldest ancestors had a brain volume of about 450 cubic centimeters. In the next 3.5 million years our ancestors’ brain volume increased to about 1350 cubic centimeters. Modern humans (average brain volume of about 1200 cubic centimeters) subsequently evolved from the Homo Sapiens species of Hominin during a period of…


Cognitive Computing is not an IBM Fraud

In February, a couple of weeks ago, Dr. Roger Schank castigated IBM. Accusing IBM of “fraud”, Dr Schank asserted “they are not doing “cognitive computing” no matter how many times they say they are”.

Dr Schank has been CEO of Socratic Arts since 2002, is a prolific publisher of articles and books, and formerly holding positions including Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at Yale University and Director of the Yale Artificial Intelligence Project (1974–1989), a visiting professor at the University of Paris VII, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science at Stanford University (1968–1973), and research fellow at the…


Cognitive computing is not an IBM “fraud”!

In February, a couple of weeks ago, Dr. Roger Schank castigated IBM. Accusing IBM of “fraud”, Dr Schank asserted “they are not doing “cognitive computing” no matter how many times they say they are”.

Dr Schank has been CEO of Socratic Arts since 2002, is a prolific publisher of articles and books, and formerly holding positions including Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at Yale University and Director of the Yale Artificial Intelligence Project (1974–1989), a visiting professor at the University of Paris VII, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science at Stanford…


Cognitive Computing is not an IBM Fraud

In February, a couple of weeks ago, Dr. Roger Schank castigated IBM. Accusing IBM of “fraud”, Dr Schank asserted “they are not doing “cognitive computing” no matter how many times they say they are”.

Dr Schank has been CEO of Socratic Arts since 2002, is a prolific publisher of articles and books, and formerly holding positions including Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at Yale University and Director of the Yale Artificial Intelligence Project (1974–1989), a visiting professor at the University of Paris VII, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science at Stanford University (1968–1973), and research fellow at the…


Australia’s ‘ABC Online’ highlights what few of us knew about Florence Nightingale; that she was a statistician more than a nurse.

“Upon arriving at the British military hospital in Turkey in 1856, Nightingale was horrified at the hospital’s conditions and a lack of clear hospital records.

Even the number of deaths was not recorded accurately. She soon discovered three different death registers existed, each giving a completely different account of the deaths among the soldiers. Using her statistical skills, Nightingale set to work to introduce new guidelines on how to record sickness and mortality across military hospitals.

With her improved…


Introduction

Commercializing Artificial Intelligence platforms, products and tools is much more challenging than traditional software. This is because

1. It represents a revolution in computing

2. Its new to IT staff, conceptually and in practice

3. It requires adoption of a substantially different way of thinking about computing

4. It requires a different way of thinking about business.

Human Intelligence

In the U.S., every year, about 2.6 million people have some type of brain injury, caused by trauma, stroke, tumor, or other illnesses. The greatest factor in functional recovery after brain injury comes from the brain’s ability to learn, called…


Semantics in Medical Research

The seminal Cancergrid project was a collaboration between five UK universities: Cambridge (specializing in oncology), Oxford (software engineering), University College London (semantic modelling), Birmingham (clinical trials management), and Belfast (telemedicine). It was funded in the first instance for three years from 2005 by the UK Medical Research Council. Oxford University and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute continued the work when the original project ended in 2008. Microsoft Research had involvement in 2011 to 2012.

The project was initiated in order to “address the twin problems of interoperability between incompatible software systems and generativity in…

Mark Bradley

A science graduate of Uni of NSW, I joined IBM Australia in 1981 as a trainee Systems Engineer (software programmer), then management, then AI start-up founder!

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