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Searching For Eureka: IBM’s Path Back To Greatness, And How It Could Change The World

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IBM is building on Watson’s capabilities and ‘humanness.’ Researchers at the company have built a machine-learning computer that could one day form the foundation of a fully-fledged general artificial intelligence system,—and it is called CELIA.

“Years after IBM beat the quiz show Jeopardy!, company researchers are still developing artificial intelligence, or as they refer to them cognitive computing systems. Watson is becoming yesterday’s news, the a new name the researchers are touting is CELIA.

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CELIA stands for Cognitive Environments Laboratory Intelligent Assistant. IBM’s Watson spin-off is already being adopted into multiple industries, and now research teams are working to integrate CELIA into the workplace itself.

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This new digital employee envisioned by IBM is intended to help business with their corporate strategy. The system builds on the Watson foundation and adds more human elements into the system. CELIA is intended to mimic how we would interact with each other.” said qz.com

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“The future of expertise will be defined by a partnership between our capabilities and the capabilities of the machines,” says a researcher. “What we bring to the table is the problems, the values and our common sense.” Essentially CELIA represents a digitally augmenting human intelligence.

“The future of expertise will be defined by a partnership between our capabilities and the capabilities of the machines.”

“For instance, a user could ask CELIA a question like, “What small-market-cap companies in the semiconductor industry would be a good fit for us to buy?” and Celia would return a list of companies that make sense, as well as explain her reasoning for choosing those companies.

“We are inspired by how humans can reason through a problem—minus the emotional bias,” Rob High, the Watson Group director, told Quartz.

In the future, doctors could talk through diagnoses with CELIA, receiving answers instantly synthesized from thousands of pieces of medical data. Researchers could work through ideas for new drugs, or how to build a high-rise tower, or even plan an entirely new city, and CELIA would instantly give them suggestions in plain English that they couldn’t have worked out in days.” said qz.com
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