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A roadmap for actionable cognitive systems

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While the adoption and use of many of the technologies making up cognitive systems have been in place for several years, the emergence of cognitive software platforms and cognitively enabled applications has happened only recently.
Cognitive systems in general are early in their adoption life cycle. In addition, the application of cognitive technologies can range from the mundane (smarter games) to transformational (predicting and preventing money laundering and fraud).
A new International Data Corporation (IDC) report, “IDC TechScape: Cognitive System Technologies”, provides a systematic assessment of technologies related to the cognitive systems software market.
IDC groups the technologies necessary to build cognitively enabled applications into five main categories:
* User/data interaction;
* Knowledge representation;
* Learning;
* Reasoning; and
* Processing.
According to Dave Schubmehl, research director and global lead analyst for IDC’s Cognitive Systems research, “intelligent applications based on artificial intelligence, deep learning, and cognitive systems are the next wave of technology, transforming how consumers and enterprises work, learn, and play.
“In this IDC TechScape, we identify the key technologies enabling this new category of applications, categorize the relative impact of technologies, and provide insight into how technologies should be deployed. Technology and services providers can use this study to build a more effective road map to the future of how consumers and workers will be affected.”