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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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Imagining the Cognitive City

Imagining the Cognitive City

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Smart Machines

John E. Kelly

Steve Hamm

Columbia University Press

This chapter identifies the role that cognitive systems could play in city life. City leaders and sociologists often talk about the importance of the holistic approach in solving a city's problems. Cognitive systems that learn, obtain insights from mountains of data, and penetrate complexity enable this holistic approach toward the major issues cities face, from crime to traffic to pollution to education; they have the potential to interconnect all the systems in a city. IBM and other companies are designing and building these urban operating systems, which will serve as platforms for innovation, enabling city employees, businesses, and citizens to better comprehend the workings of the city, and to come up with ideas to make cities better places in which to live. In the meantime, another type of urban technology is already flourishing: applications that make cities work better, or help people manage their lives in urban settings, such as parking-space locators.

Keywords:   cognitive systems, city life, IBM, urban operating systems, urban technology, city applications

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