Cognitive Computing

December 5, 2018

Cognitive computing systems redefine the nature of the relationship between people and their increasingly pervasive digital environment. Who will build these new AI-on-board applications? And with the proliferation of AI technologies in the workplace, foresight must be used to understand its implications for productivity, jobs, skills and employee development, but also issues related to ethics, safety and responsibility.

Track Chairperson
Hadley Reynolds, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Cognitive Computing Consortium

2:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Augmented Intelligence and Cognitive Applications for the Future of Work
Moderator: Ardire_SteveSteve Ardire, AI Startup Advisor & ‘Merchant of Light’




Panelists: Lolita Taub, Principal, Backstage Capital and others to be announced

There is a lot of anxiety about automation of jobs because machines are learning how humans do things and learning how to do it better. McKinsey Global Institute says machine intelligence is already capable of taking over 30% of human tasks in about 60% of occupations and 50% of all work could be automated by 2055.

Augmented intelligence – where machines and humans work together – will become pervasive for the future of work that changes how industries operate and businesses compete. It also places greater emphasis on soft skills (i.e. critical thinking, cognitive flexibility, emotional intelligence, imagination, and creativity) as the competitive imperative.

This panel will discuss:
  • the significant impacts that augmented intelligence is already having on global 2000 enterprises as well as major sectors of the IT service industry
  • what are the specific business benefits and ROI that can be achieved using the latest augmented intelligence technologies citing innovative case studies
  • how can enterprises learn from innovators how to deploy the right business and technology strategies to maximize their investment in augmented intelligence technologies

3:40 A Model for Value Capture with Cognitive Applications
Ganesan Shankar, PhD, Assoc. Professor Technology, Operations, and Information Management, Babson College
Susan Feldman, Co-founder, Cognitive Computing Consortium

Deciding to adopt a new technology is a daunting process. This presentation describes a new decision-making framework that provides guidelines to help buyers select the right cognitive application. It describes what makes cognitive computing different and delineates the trade-offs that decision makers must make in selecting the right application. The result of a joint research sponsored by Babson College and the Cognitive Computing Consortium, this research developed a standard template for communicating and evaluating the enterprise value propositions associated with cognitive computing projects. The objective of the research program is to offer AI decision-makers a common standard for developing insights across the organization when implementing cognitive applications projects. Attendees will learn:

  • The pressing problems that cognitive applications will solve
  • Understand when cognitive applications offer a competitive advantage, increase revenue, or mitigate risks
  • How to determine if your organization has the right expertise and what alternatives already exist 

4:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: Emerging Standards for Ethics in AI – Fact or Fiction?
Moderator: Hadley Reynolds, Co-founder & Managing Director, Cognitive Computing Consortium
Panelists: to be announced

A panel of expert researchers working on projects of the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, Harvard, MIT, and IEEE will discuss a wide range of research and political activities taking place around the world as software developers, the academic community, governments, and professions face pressing ethical issues as the use of AI-based systems accelerates.