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Customs in the cognitive era (part 1)

Norbert Kouwenhoven and I are writing an article about how cognitive computing can transform the way customs agencies supervise international merchandise trade. Over the next couple of months I plan to post a series of blog posts about customs in the cognitive era as we finalise the article. In part 1, we look at cognitive […]

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The Future of Public Transportation is Autonomous and Cognitive

Imagine a world where the use of public transportation is as easy as one click on your mobile phone. Many commuters already expect it today. This future of transportation is connected to citizen driven Mobility as a Service, where autonomous vehicles supported by cognitive technology will provide a strong foundation for these new mobility services. Autonomous […]

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Can the public sector trust artificial intelligence?

For around 20 years now I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with Artificial Intelligence (AI).  I’ll even confess to a paranoia.  More than most people, I’m acutely aware of the potential for major problems if AI is not harnessed very carefully. For me it’s a question of ethics.  Many professions (and some professional companies) maintain codes […]

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Cognitive “Thoughts”

IBM successfully took up the challenge of winning the “Jeopardy!” game show to quickly answer a variety of questions that used idioms, word plays, metaphors, and other oddities of the English language that I, as a mechanical engineer by training, am challenged to even name.  I was impressed with the Watson cognitive approach using Natural […]

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Outthinking CyberThreats with Cognitive Technology

CyberSecurity has emerged as a top priority to all organizations – both in the public and private sector.  It is estimated that there are over 200,000 daily cyberattacks, corresponding to a 40% annual increase in the number of detected security incidents. The rapid increase in the number of globally connected devices is not expected to […]

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A Deep Dive on Relationship Extraction

The global creation of data has exploded in recent years and now surpasses 2.5 Quintilian bytes daily.  Much of this is unstructured text data from countless news articles, blogs, and social media posts. It is impossible for individuals to consume all of this information. Even in specialized fields within business, law, and medicine, professionals cannot […]

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Big Data, Watson, and Cognitive Computing: Improving Education and Regional Competitiveness

In the United States during 2013, nearly 20% of high school seniors did not graduate – stressing the ability of regions looking to thrive and prosper via an Economic Vitality agenda.  As we have seen, societies with world class education systems produce highly skilled workforces and become attractive places for businesses looking to thrive – […]

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Mission: Possible! – New IBV study on the future of cognitive in government

Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. First movers in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology and its potential to transform government is enormous. Already, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in […]

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Government in the Cognitive Era: Improving Tax Administration and Driving Economic Vitality

It’s a common challenge confronting governments across the world: dealing with constrained budgets…and at the same time, facing increasing citizen expectations and demand for services — unfortunately, tax revenues are not keeping pace to support this economic climate. Contributing to this situation is the perpetual gap between taxes owed the government and those actually collected […]

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Economic Vitality: Thriving in the 4th Industrial Revolution

We are in the midst of a technology revolution that has never before been seen in our history – the 4th Industrial Revolution.  The volume of data being produced (2.5 Billion GB daily), collected and stored is accelerating at a pace that it is overwhelming to most organizations.  At the same time, breakthrough technological advancements […]

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Analytics and Watson: Core to Government Transformational Efforts

The challenge is well known:  government budgets continue to be limited, declining revenues are not keeping pace, and the taxpaying population is requiring an increasing amount of services.  Many governments do not see funding returning to pre-Global Economic Crisis levels – and conventional approaches to address the imbalance between revenue and spending (program reductions, increasing […]

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How to kick-start your cognitive journey

          “Where do we start with cognitive?” This is a question many leaders across industries have been trying to answer. Cognitive computing is here – and this innovative capability is fundamentally changing how individuals perform their jobs, engage and interact with others, learn and make decisions. Several pioneering organizations across industries […]

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