That ol’ saying… learn to think for yourself maybe something of the past, quite literally. A good friend of mine just posted something about Cognitive Computers and let me tell you that humanity is on the brink of looking, behaving, and THINKING a whole lot different to what we are today. How far away this high-tech augmentation is… well, that is something that is quite unknown to us plebs. But, I am sure there are corporations, governments and movers and shakers that are privy to a lot more than we could even fathom.
Today, I have read about DRONES being armed with laser weaponry, I have read about how net neutrality is on it’s way out, and there’s nothing you can do about it. And now there IBM is talking about Cognitive Computing wired into our brain so that we can decipher knowledge in abundance to come to decisions.
We’ve created a world of massive complexity and we need help making better decisions. Cognitive systems will help us overcome some of the limitations we’re encountering as we collect more information — whether it’s difficulties in processing large amounts of data quickly, drawing a big picture out of disparate data, or dealing with the sensory overload.
Cognitive systems will help us understand ourselves, our biases, and our reasoning. They won’t make decisions for us. But they will help us make better decisions in an ever more complex world.
All of these advances will add up to machines that can experience our environment and react to it. Since these computers will be our partners, supplementing our complex human skills of sensing, perceiving, understanding and interacting with the world, we will need to equip them with the ability to see, to hear, to smell and even to experience touch. [source]
May I suggest you have a quick look at this very short book at the end of this post. And once you have read it, think about this… Computers CAN be hacked! Imagine your brain being hacked by government!!! I really don’t like this. Also consider IBM in its early days was used by Nazi Germany for documenting the Jews and other so-called subhumans. You may want to read one of my older posts about this, you can find that HERE. so, where is all this technology leading us? Is it going to be a good think? Or could it be a good thing that goes horribly wrong? So many ethical questions surrounding all of this. Let me know what you think.
- The Future of Cognitive Computing (semanticweb.com)
- IBM Developing Computer System That Thinks Like a Human (mashable.com)
- IBM bolsters analytics lineup with cognitive computing capabilities (siliconangle.com)
- Cognitive computing: Can you get your head around it? (smartercomputingblog.com)
- The Era of Augmented Cognition (blogs.wsj.com)
- Universities join IBM in cognitive computing research project (pcworld.com)