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Smart MachinesIBM's Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing$
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Steve Hamm and John Kelly

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168564

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168564.001.0001

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Augmenting our Senses

Augmenting our Senses

(p.69) 4 Augmenting our Senses
Smart Machines

John E. Kelly

Steve Hamm

Columbia University Press

This chapter studies the development of systems that can recognize images and sound more like humans do. As the world becomes more complex, and as its complexity becomes increasingly decipherable through analytics, there is a need for machines that can provide an expansion of the human senses. IBM Research specialists envision a handful of advances in machine-sensing fields that would likely come in the next five years. Computers will help people sort through the 500 billion photos that are taken each year, finding relevant images not only through metadata, but also by understanding what's going on in the images. They will also help people interpret what they hear by extracting language from prelinguistic sounds. Computers will also be able to detect diseases through smell. Moreover, haptic technologies, which use electro-mechanical means to stimulate the feel of things, will enable people to distinguish among different materials, textures, and weaves while shopping online.

Keywords:   human senses, IBM, machine sensing, metadata, haptic technologies

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