Monday, November 7, 2016

The Top Seven Uses of Cognitive AI Today

The world is speeding up and accelerating as you read this article. Big data keeps piling up, new IoT devices are multiplying exponentially, new patterns of threats and opportunities are emerging by the second, decisions are lagging optimal conclusions, the goals keep changing, the governance complexity is growing and your actions had better be on the mark. Your processes can't hang with this pace and you can't collaborate fast enough to get the brain power on the job. It's worse than the game called "Whack a Mole" where the mole heads pop up faster than you can hit them accurately. How will you and your organization keep up?  Cognitive AI will help organizations in at least seven areas of concern and can deal with the endless combinations and permutations facing us. If you want to master Digital, you need Cognitive AI.

Grokking Big Data:

The number of data sources, even without the IoT generating more, and the depth of the data lakes is unknown. Combine this with unstructured data, text, voice, images and video and now you are out-flanked by the size and scope of data. Cognitive AI with or without machine learning can sort through this barrage of data to find patterns of interest and triggers for decisions and actions.

Managing the IoT Population Explosion:

it's clear that the number of devices is exploding and the signals they emit create an even bigger big data problem, but managing these devices without rigid or flexible chips will be an even greater challenge. These devices will be deciding and acting alone or in concert with other devices on the edge driving towards changeable goals and while not violating constraint boundaries. This means that these devices need to to be smart so we can pass control to the edge to create smart and dynamic swarming agents that can be guided by AI.

Leveraging Opportunities & Risk:

Signals and patterns need to be quickly sifted and aggregated into patterns of interests for managers to decide and take action to optimize an organizations opportunities or protect organizations from emerging risks. This sifting, aggregating and learning can be assisted and super charged by cognitive AI. For wise organizations that have anticipated key triggers and patterns and have planned responses on the shelf, they can quickly use cognitive AI to verify appropriate responses.

Divining Great Decisions: 

Today great decisions can be made by having the right set of algorithms applied in the the proper sequence to come up with optimal decisions. Analytics or poly-analytics can be further leverage by using cognitive assists to decide on new combinations and sequences replacing the human trial and error application of filters and algorithms. Even predictive algorithms can be enhanced by machine learning and cognitive AI.

Delivering on Shifting Goals:

Goals not only conflict and compete, they are shifting. As this shifting takes on a new speed of change, Cognitive AI can create the right balance for emerging situations. As processes and swarming agents become more goal directed than flow directed, organizations can acting on shifting goals that leverage constraints. Cognitive AI can play a role in setting these goals and constraints.

Complying with Growing Governance:

The problem with governance standards is that they are stand alone in nature. Organizations are usually barraged with multiple governance standards that have to be mixed with the desired outcomes of the organizations represented in goals and constraints. Cognitive AI can be leveraged in sorting out the complexities of overlapping governance standards while they change in flight.

Keeping Actions on Point:

All of the above contribute to the right action taken at the right time, but also all constituent desires need to be put into the mix. Cognitive AI can represent customer, employee, partner and vendor goals that need to be considered. This give a dimension of satisfaction that can be baked in just in time to keep organizational desired outcomes in dynamic balance with constituent desired outcomes.

Net; Net: 

There is no way we humans can keep up without a little help for our cognitive friends. It will start out with digital assistants, then super-charging the competence of every person and program through the use of COGs (cognitive services) and finally moving control to the edge through smart agile agents  that may include robotics. Don't be late for the digital party coming your way.