Who determines ethics in a machine-run world?

A case for “Society in the loop artificial intelligence”


Posted by Jim Guszcza on May 19, 2017

As automation and robotics fueled by artificial intelligence (AI) become more mainstream, many areas of industry are set to undergo revolutionary changes. New sorts of jobs will likely emerge, some existing jobs will likely undergo transformation, and others may go away. There is good reason for concern about societal disruption, and a pressing need for enlightened societal-level dialogue. But we should not lose sight of the bright side to the creation of machines capable of helping with laborious “spade work.” AI has the potential to create significant value by making us more efficient, extending our intelligence and decision-making capabilities, saving organizations money, and generally helping societies run more smoothly.

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In financial services, data science may be a promising investment


Posted by John Houston on May 12, 2017

In the financial services arena, data scientists are taking a seat next to traditional business analysts, tasked with finding value in an ever-expanding quantity of data. By delivering smarter insights using analytics and cognitive technologies, data scientists help address problems in investing and trading strategies, portfolio management, regulatory reporting, client service, and more.

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Analytics and the art of management


Posted by Ben Stiller on March 9, 2017

Analytics, including cognitive technologies, is taking hold in every functional area of business, and in industries ranging from aerospace to tech, media, and telecom. But there’s one area where analytics is just starting to gain momentum. What if analytics could offer insights to executives so that their days could be more engaging, productive, and outcome-oriented? The next significant breakthroughs will be in time management, team collaboration, and performance tracking—and it’s not that far away.

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What’s in store for government organizations in 2017?

A new route for better outcomes


Posted by Rachel Frey on February 9, 2017

Anyone can create insight. What really counts is the actions government organizations take with it. The best analytics initiatives start with outcomes in mind—outcomes like supporting better engagement, working smarter, increasing efficiency, reducing costs, and bettering lives—and then the mission-critical plan for realizing them. As 2017 kicks off, four exciting trends are emerging in the health and human services arena that can make use of data to produce cost-containing outcomes more than ever:

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Your cognitive assistant would like to get to know you

Posted by Rajeev Ronanki, on November 30, 2016

You’ve heard pundits predict that artificial intelligence (AI) will rule the world someday, right? Well, until that time comes, it appears that AI systems—in the form of cognitive assistants—will be more than happy to help us. Cognitive assistants that interact with and perform tasks for people are among the fastest-growing AI applications today.

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Cognitive consumer products: “Cool” won’t cut it


Posted by Ben Stiller on November 04, 2016

Many consumer products (CP) companies are looking to cognitive technologies—from natural language processing to robotics to machine learning—as a way to engage and capture today’s value-conscious, tech-savvy consumers. However, those who simply embed cognitive technologies in their products, hoping that the “cool” factor will win consumers over, are likely to be disappointed. Many consumers are indifferent—even skeptical—when a traditionally low-tech company touts high-tech advantages.

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