Understanding Cognitive Computing

Patricio Julian Gerpe, A High-Tech Entrepreneur, Co-CEO Of Siuk– An Automation Solution Company, Co-Founder of The Argentine AI Community (Named IA AR), Writer and Start-Up Mentor Based in United Kingdom Participates in Risk Roundup to Discuss “Cognitive Computing”.


Over the years, the computing systems have delivered tremendous benefits to individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA). As they continue to do so; the emerging computing systems, cognitive systems, are expected to forever change the way, we the humans will interact with computers and computing systems in all formats.

The rise of “cognitive computing” brings us a promise of a new age, where computers with human like cognitive abilities, works hand in hand with humans, in solving complex problems facing humanity. As computers begin to act and think like human beings, they will undoubtedly increase human capabilities, reach and knowledge that would allow us to make accurate predictions and draw intelligent conclusions. So, does this mean that we are moving into an era where computers can augment human knowledge and ingenuity in entirely new ways? It seems so. There is a growing belief that the time is coming soon when we will be able to interact with smart phones, smart clinics, smart cars, smart enterprises, smart homes, smart cities and get a real, thoughtful and intelligent response rather than a pre-programmed one as we have seen over the years.

Since cognitive computing brings us a potential for intelligent and informed applications across nations and all its components; that is government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA), there is a great hope that the “cognitive era” is going to transform how we live, how we work, how we think, and also, how we achieve security in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS) by bringing us an “intelligent and informed future”.

It is important to evaluate this further:

Current State of Computing

Over the years, we have witnessed computing systems that have been part of all components of a nation and its initiatives. Today, we are seeing computers that can already read, write, speak, see, hear and learn. However, the big question so far was, can computing systems understand.

For a computer or computing system to understand, be informed and be truly intelligent, it’s not enough for it to simply know the words we say in different formats. It needs to be informed and understand us, the humans, and all our emotions, and be able to know what we want, when we want and how we want.

  • So, the question is, do machines have that capability today? Can they understand? Are they intelligent?
  • What is the current state of cognitive computing?

Understanding Cognitive Computing

Before we understand cognitive computing, it is important to understand all the technology and non-technology advances that have led us to a state where cognitive computing is made possible. It is important to understand further.

  • Is cognitive computing a new kind of computing?
  • What is it that allows cognitive computing to mimic the functioning of human brain?
  • How accurate are cognitive computing models currently?
  • How to define and describe cognitive computing as it stands today?
  • Can cognitive systems of today operate without human supervision?
  • What is the goal of cognitive computing?
  • What can cognitive computing do today?

Cognitive Computing Applications

It seems cognitive computing is designed to create a human-computer partnership so as to engage in an interactive dialog, providing both humans and computers progress in parallel. It is important to understand where this parallel progress can take humanity.

  • How will the parallel progress impact nations?
  • Where are cognitive computing platforms applied today?
  • When to use cognitive computing, and when not to?

Cognitive Computing Technology

It seems that cognitive computing includes a broad group of technologies that are converging to provide intelligent assistance to nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS). It is important to evaluate this further.

  • What are cognitive computing systems based on? What is the technology behind it?
  • Which technologies specifically make cognitive computing happen?

Cognitive Systems and Disruption

Because cognitive computing can be programmed to learn and solve complex problems, cognitive computing systems will likely be disruptive to entities across NGIOA. It is important to understand this further.

  • Where is cognitive computing making a difference now? Where will it likely make a difference in the coming years?
  • What should technology and non-technology leaders do to get the most out of cognitive computing?
  • Where will see the power of more information, intelligence and automation?

Cognitive Systems

It is important to understand further.

  • What is cognitive computing?
  • What are cognitive systems?
  • What features are required for a cognitive system?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of cognitive computing? Are there problems in cognitive systems today?
  • What are the different components of a cognitive system
  • What is the state of cognitive systems today?
  • What is the promise of cognitive systems as imagined today?

Use Cases of Cognitive Computing

It is likely that wherever cognitive computing systems are in play, individuals and entities across NGIOA will be impacted by the power of more information, intelligence and automation.  It is important to understand this further.

  • What are the potential use cases of cognitive systems?
  • How is cognitive computing being used across nations?
  • Will we see cognitive computing transforming cyber-security in the coming years?

Cognitive Systems: Key Players

As many new cognitive computing initiatives emerge, it is important to understand who are the key players.

  • Who are the key players?
  • Who is leading the cognitive computing space?


Whenever, any new way of doing things emerge, there are risks and rewards. Cognitive computing is no different. It is important that we evaluate this further

  • What are the challenges to cognitive computing?
  • What risks rise due to cognitive computing?
  • What impact will cognitive computing bring on jobs?
  • How will cognitive computing affect jobs today and in the coming tomorrow?
  • What social risks will emerge from cognitive computing?
  • What other risks are emerging?


While today, much of cognitive computing seems transformative and revolutionary, in the coming years, this type of human-computer interaction with real time applications will likely be as common as air, food and water. The decisions we take today will determine how cognitive systems and humans will work in parallel for the benefit of humanity. Time is now to talk about “cognitive computing risks and rewards”!

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About the Guest

Patricio Julian Gerpe is a high-tech entrepreneur, Co-CEO of Siuk an automation solution company, a TEDx speaker, co-founder of the Argentine AI community (named IA AR), writer and start-up mentor. He will review some projects of decentralized AI such as OpenMind and SynapseAI and is based in UK.

About the Host of Risk Roundup
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