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


§ 2 Responses to Watson and Society of Cogs

  • weaverrw says:

    What are some practical examples of how cogs could help outside healthcare?


  • russellhargraves says:

    We see cogs enabling better complex data-driven decisions in a variety of business environments like Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil and Gas, and Emergency Planning at the City, State, and Government levels. They engage individually as well based upon spoken dialog, gesture, and advanced visualization presenting endless opportunities for personalized cloud services for the enterprise and individuals. We live in a increasingly complex data-driven world and cogs present amazing potential in Education, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Organizational Network Analysis. On a personal level, cogs introduce humans to cognitive companionship enabling optimized awareness, engagement, and enlightenment. I look forward to exploring these further in future posts.


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