We are poised on the brink of a new era of computing, one in which computers will increasingly partner with people to improve our lives and enhance our ability to solve complex problems. These new systems will feed on data and leverage a diverse set of analytic tools and strategies, constantly learning. In this talk, we'll introduce cognitive computing. We'll show how recent changes in the availability of data have driven rapid advances in analytics, enabling smarter applications, and bringing us to this new era. We'll see how Watson, the Jeopardy!-playing computer, an early example of a cognitive system, is growing up, and describe some emerging cognitive applications that may change our world. Last, but not least, we'll describe a new, cognitive chip that may change how we compute in the era of cognitive computing.
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