Watson and Society of Cogs
July 1, 2015 § 2 Comments
In a recent post, I stated each person generates one million gigabytes of health-related data across his or her lifetime. The equivalent of more than 300 million books. Personally, I find this fascinating from a healthcare perspective and started thinking what does this look like holistically beyond healthcare. Having access to all of my data including my home, transportation, lifestyle, social, mobile, work, and health collectively present a cognitive services opportunity to enable, engage, and evolve my quality of life. As illustrated below, cognitive environments can look and feel very different from your cognitive office, to cars, to universities, to homes, to mobile, but by being connected to one another they feel seamless.
So what are Cogs? Cogs are a class of software programs designed to follow and interact with people (and other cogs and services) inside and across cognitive environments. Cogs work in a mutually beneficial partnership with humans to enable better complex data-driven decision making. IBM calls these partnerships Symbiotic Cognitive systems. In the near future, I look forward on a personal level to having cognitive services assist me at home, at work, on-the-go, and with my ever-expanding healthcare data. On a professional level, I’m currently working with several pharmaceutical companies that have a strong focus on Mergers & Acquisitions. I look forward to further exploring with these clients how a Watson cognitive environment can enhance the ability of the CEOs, CFOs, and BODs to make more effective M&A strategic decisions. I look forward to keeping you posted on our progress. RH