Robohub.org
 

#RoboBusiness Day 1: Computing to change from transaction processing to cognition processing

by
24 September 2015



share this:
Robert_High_IBM_Watson_Nao

IBM’s Rob High chats with Nao during RoboBusiness 2015 keynote. Source: Robotics Trends via Twitter

“Cognitive computing will be to computing what transaction processing is today.” So said IBM’s Robert High in his keynote talk at RoboBusiness yesterday. In less than 10 years the volume of our business computing will change from transaction processing to cognition processing.

This is an important enough trend to stimulate IBM to put over $1 billion into their Watson group – a group working on healthcare, legal and other industry segments that can benefit from the same cognition processing technology that enabled Watson to win at Jeopardy. And it’s an important enough trend effecting the human-machine interaction space that it is noteworthy in relation to the RoboBusiness conference.

High, CTO of IBM’s Watson Group, described the emerging era of embodied cognitive computing leading to providing cognition as a service, as a 3rd hand such as a lab technician might need, or as a concierge as Jibo and Echo (and human concierges) offer, as an office assistant might provide, and in field settings like search and rescue. The cognition process involves machines interacting with humans in writing, verbally, with tactile and visual cues, and with gestures.

In another talk, ABI Research’s Dan Kara described how technology is transitioning to have constant connection to the Internet of Things (IoT) – from self-describing tags telling robots what they are – thereby supporting the robots perception and manipulation processes – to robots acting as gateways for all the IoT devices that might need to communicate with the robot and perhaps each other, to the ultimate situation of everything being ubiquitously connected to everything.

Ten winners of Robot Launch 2015 were announced – details can be found here – with the Grand Winner being CleverPet, a stylish consumer device responding to the needs of pets and their owners.

“There were winning startups in every category,” said competition organizer Andra Keay. “Every investor could find something to interest them, from cloud based simulations and new sensing technologies to eldercare, rehabilitative and social robotics.”

In the exposition hall – with over 70 exhibitors – one could see the first public appearance of the new Sawyer robot from Rethink Robotics performing a machine-tending application. Across the aisle was Softbank and Aldebaran’s Pepper robot high-fiving and smiling at passers by.

These were just a few of the highlights of day one of RoboBusiness, an annual business-focused robotics conference and trade show produced by EH Publishing.

Tomorrow’s keynote presentations include Ray Kurzweil talking about the coming merger of robots and biology.

More to follow.



tags: , , , , ,


Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report, and is also a panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series.
Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report, and is also a panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series.





Related posts :



Robot Talk Episode 89 – Simone Schuerle

In the latest episode of the Robot Talk podcast, Claire chatted to Simone Schuerle from ETH Zürich all about microrobots, medicine and science.
14 June 2024, by

Robot Talk Episode 88 – Lord Ara Darzi

In the latest episode of the Robot Talk podcast, Claire chatted to Lord Ara Darzi from Imperial College London all about robotic surgery - past, present and future.
07 June 2024, by

Robot Talk Episode 87 – Isabelle Ormerod

In the latest episode of the Robot Talk podcast, Claire chatted to Isabelle Ormerod from the University of Bristol all about human-centred design and women in robotics.
31 May 2024, by

Robot Talk Episode 86 – Mario Di Castro

In the latest episode of the Robot Talk podcast, Claire chatted to Mario Di Castro from CERN all about robotic inspection and maintenance in hazardous environments.
24 May 2024, by

Congratulations to the #ICRA2024 best paper winners

The winners and finalists in the different categories have been announced.
20 May 2024, by

Robot Talk Episode 85 – Margarita Chli

In the latest episode of the Robot Talk podcast, Claire chatted to Margarita Chli from the University of Cyprus all about vision, navigation, and small aerial drones.
17 May 2024, by





Robohub is supported by:




Would you like to learn how to tell impactful stories about your robot or AI system?


scicomm
training the next generation of science communicators in robotics & AI


©2024 - Association for the Understanding of Artificial Intelligence


 












©2021 - ROBOTS Association