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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Cognitive Assistants Helping with Business Strategy

Via Jim Spohrer:

How might cognitive assistants help with business strategy?
" .... Dario Gil is a leading technologist and executive at IBM Research. As Director of Symbiotic Cognitive Systems, he leads a strategy focused on the creation of learning systems that are explicitly designed to collaborate with people to enhance and scale human expertise. The strategy is composed of leading experts in artificial intelligence, multi- agent systems, robotics, machine vision, natural language processing, speech technologies, human-computer interaction, social computing, user experience and interactive design. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

About one minute into this video, you will see an interesting scenario - two people collaborating with a Watson system on business strategy  ... " 

I add:  Strategy is a place where there is an assumption of longer term forecasts, and thus exactness is not expected. So I can understand an advisory boost might be useful. Yet for some of the same reasons people expect something magically intuitive and less quantitative from an expert strategist, and convincing people a machine can do this may be harder. Still a noble idea.

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