The first era of computing was defined by simple calculations. The second era, beginning in the 1940s, introduced us to programmable systems. Now we’re entering the era of cognitive computing. In this era we will have machines that will learn, reason, sense, predict and interact more naturally with human beings. IBM Watson is a significant step in that direction and is currently working with doctors to fight cancer.
IBM Research senior manager of cognitive computing Dharmendra Modha and IBM Communications strategist Steve Hamm will join the chat as guest experts. Dharmendra is heading up the SyNAPSE project, with the goal of creating a cognitive chip and programming environment to building the next generation of sensing machines. Steve is the co-author with IBM Research Director John Kelly of the new book, Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing.
Download a free chapter of the book at the Columbia University Press Web site.