August 7, 2014 | Written by: Maamar Ferkoun
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In my previous post, I mainly focused on IBM Watson cognitive technology and the cloud. Who would benefit from IBM Watson in a cloud environment? What is the best way to use these technologies?
While it is easy to explain the benefits of cognitive technology, we have yet to see how cloud would add value with its ability to bring a scalable IT infrastructure, applications and services to the development community and eventually to the masses, all with minimal investment.
At the end of 2013, IBM announced that it will make the IBM Watson technology available to developers in the cloud to build apps and develop new solutions.Dubbed the IBM Watson Developers Cloud, this cloud-hosted marketplace provides resources including a developer toolkit, educational materials, and access to Watson’s application programming interface (API).
This is an unprecedented, unique ecosystem combining cognitive technology and big data with the ability to process vast amounts of both structured and unstructured data and then reduce it to critical decision points in low-cost cloud environments.
Cloud-based healthcare and medical app developers have started to partner with IBM. A case in point where the healthcare industry has been quick to seize on the opportunity to capitalize on this technology hosted on an IBM cloud is WellPoint. WellPoint is a US-based organization providing healthcare for thirty five million Americans, partnering with six hundred thousand physicians and specialists.
Another example is the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where medical personnel worked with IBM to “train” Watson in the selection of treatments for lung and breast cancer.
It is in this spirit that IBM has unveiled three cloud based services:
- IBM Watson Advisor is designed to assist pharmaceutical, publishing and biotechnology research and development industries to reduce their research cycle.
- IBM Watson Analytics provides big data insights through the use of human language.
- IBM Watson Explorer provides a unified view of all the data-driven information.
You can probably foresee a not-so-distant future where cognitive computing technology will be applied in our daily lives using human language. This may range from being advised on how to address specific issues to being provided with an accurate and deep understanding of things you can barely imagine today. This is the world of Watson and cognitive computing.
What do you think the future holds? Comment below and let me know what you think.