Today we continue our look back at the best of times for The Semantic Web and related fields in 2014 (see here for our first story in this series):
Ian Hersey, Saffron Chief Product Officer:
Cognitive Computing in 2014 has certainly captured a lot of buzz, thanks in part to IBM’s strong push on Watson, but also largely thanks to consumer trends – both wearables and the rising use and sophistication of consumer agent interfaces on mobile devices such as Google Now, Microsoft Cortana and Siri (not to mention the Lowe’s robot). These systems are not truly cognitive, but in their limitations they illustrate to the consumer the art of the possible, and frequently consumer shifts drive enterprise IT shifts.
Currently, though, the promise of rich experiential data from the Internet of Things (consumer and industrial) is still a largely untapped opportunity for enterprises. Product companies from appliance manufactures to automakers to aircraft manufacturers have provisioned their products with sometimes tens of thousands of sensors, but they are as yet unable to intelligently tap into insights these sensors can provide — not just individually but in the aggregate.