Cognitive Computing | What is it?

Sometimes used interchangeably with AI but varying slightly, Cognitive Computing (CC) replicates and alters human thought processes with computerized models. 

CC is interactive, adaptive, contextual, and collaborative. It can gather information from a variety of sources including forming and asking questions if some information is missing or something is unclear. 

Cognitive Computing vs. Artificial Intelligence

So, what is the difference between Artificial Intelligence and cognitive computing? 

Artificial Intelligence

AI is an umbrella term for all technology that attempts to replicate a certain function of the human brain. It is used to describe algorithms that allow technology to make decisions based on information provided or collected. 

Cognitive Computing

CC, on the other hand, is different in that it solely attempts to replicate human thought in real-time. 

Applications of Cognitive Computing

IBM’s Watson is the most prevalent example of CC currently. 

AI uses Cognitive computing in applications like robotics, virtual reality, expert systems, and neural networks which will be explained in our next installment. 

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