With Emails slowing to a trickle, and a few more days online before a trip to the Ski Hills - 'tis the season for catching up on blogs!
In 2016 I had the opportunity to chat with people at work and non-work events about how quickly things are evolving in AI and Cognitive.
In 2016 – the Cognitive Wingman idea was very resonant with people (especially when I mimed the little feller on my shoulder). Whether it’s aerospace, marketing, communications or AR/VR – people understood the amazing potential of their own “Personal Jarvis” to engage and help.
My personal ‘ah ha’ moment was early 2016 - and getting to know Alexa – the Amazon Echo - better. There she sits on our kitchen bench. And she’s USEFUL.
- She tells our kids jokes
- She keeps a shopping list
- She provides ‘on the spot’ Wikipedia details about current conversational topics
- She plays music and lets us holler at her from other rooms
- She let's me hack on her skills (the UX is pretty good) - and the acoustics are beautiful
Of course - Siri, Cortana and Alexa are just “First Generation” Cognitive Agents / Cognitive Assistants – and that the Second and Third Generation Cognitive Wingman – will be more personal and more “present”. And better at the Sensemaking.
Here are a few use cases that people really engaged with:
USE CASE #1 – NAVIGATING LIFE:
In an IBM forum, a user asked “How Can I use IBM Watson” –
and in addition to the Jarvis example – I talked a little about “Sensemaking” and understanding – which include understanding the who, and what makes them tick, and reading the room. IBM Watson services provide a terrific tool kit to do this.
USE CASE #2 – HEALTH / AUTISM:
Some folks need a little extra help navigating the world with social complexities – including kids and adults on the autism spectrum. Back in May I did a rough Cognitive Wingman - Autism Assist Prototype https://dreamtolearn.com/ryan/r_journey_to_watson/37 and empathy https://dreamtolearn.com/ryan/r_journey_to_watson/45 to POC for those use cases. I think there is terrific potential for cognitive powered human assistance. The NL Classifier is a great tool to surface social signals, and Tone , as you'd expect - is good for Tone and Emotion.
USE CASE #3 – AUGMENTED REALITY / VIRTUAL REALITY
One word here ;) – “Jarvis”
The Unity + Watson SDK https://github.com/watson-developer-cloud/unity-sdk is a terrific starting point for AR/VR – and what better way to engage with Rocket Launchers or Business Intelligence, than to simply say/ask what you want to have happen.
Now of course you don't need to use IBM Watson Services to build a Cognitive Wingman – there are many other good ingredients available. But if you’re interested in a rapid prototype – I’d suggest at least a quick peek at Watson Developer Cloud and Bluemix - http://www.ibm.com/watson/developercloud/ .
So as we turn the corner to 2017 – I look forward to seeing what friends, colleagues and partners are going to build with the tools at hand!
Happy Holidays and Happy Coding!
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Created: December 20, 2016English