Why Canada lags behind in the cognitive computing race

Canadians are happy to carry on using cumbersome, awkward computer systems for the time being, it seems. A recent report from IDC said that Canadians will tinker with cognitive computing next year, but will avoid mainstream adoption until 2020. Cognitive computing promises to change the way that we deal with computers. Driven by artificial intelligence algorithms, it gives computers new capabilities when interacting with people. Most cognitive computing research revolves around machine learning, which is a form of artificial intelligence now gaining commercial traction. Often associated with analytics, machine learning has many different applications. It uses statistical techniques to ‘train’ software based on what it has seen before. Machines process data over time and look for patterns that make them better at given tasks. Machine learning is typically used to…

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