The Cognitive Computing Era: Human-Computer Symbiosis
- Published: November 16, 2015
- Written by Peter Fingar
Based on excerpts from the new book Cognitive Computing: A Brief Guide for Game Changers
J.C.R. Licklider, in his 1960 article, “Man-Computer Symbiosis” wrote: “The hope is that in not too many years human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today. In the anticipated symbiotic partnership, men will set the goals, formulate the hypotheses, determine the criteria, and perform the evaluations. Computing machines will do the routinizable work that must be done to prepare the way for insights and decisions in technical and scientific thinking. Preliminary analyses indicate that the symbiotic partnership will perform intellectual operations much more effectively than man alone can perform them.”
Speaking of symbiosis, we can also turn to biomimicry and listen to Georgia Tech professor, Ashok Goel’s TED talk, “Does our future require us to go back to nature?”
While they’ll have deep domain expertise, instead of replacing human experts, cognitive systems will act as decision support systems and help users make better decisions based on the best available data, whether in healthcare, finance or customer service. At least we hope that’s the case.