In the last decade, the availability of massive amounts of new data, the development of new AI techniques, and the availability of scalable computing infrastructure have given rise to a new class of machine capabilities we call cognitive computing. These systems perform a range of tasks, from having natural conversations to discovering new knowledge to evaluating options for difficult decisions. Guruduth Banavar offers an overview of the technological breakthroughs that are enabling this trend and explores the practical applications of this technology that is transforming every industry from healthcare to financial services to education.
Guruduth Banavar is vice president and chief science officer for cognitive computing at IBM, where he is responsible for advancing the next generation of cognitive technologies and solutions with IBM’s global scientific ecosystem, including academia, government agencies, and other partners. Most recently, he led the team responsible for creating new cognitive systems in the family of IBM Watson designed to create new partnerships between people and machines to augment and scale human expertise in all industries. Previously, as chief technology officer for IBM’s Smarter Cities initiative, Banavar designed and implemented big data and analytics systems to help make cities more livable and sustainable. Prior to that, he was director of IBM Research in India, where he and his team received a presidential award for innovation. He holds more than 25 patents and has published extensively in media outlets around the world.
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