IBM Watson Group Lecture featuring Michael Rhodin

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT

  • Location:Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 461
    238 Thompson St., New York, NY, US

Michael Rhodin, Senior Vice President of the IBM Watson Group, will be delivering a lecture at NYU on Thursday, April 17 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, Room 461. The lecture will be preceded by a reception with coffee and cookies at 4:00 pm. This event is free and open to all NYU students and faculty interested to learn more about IBM's Watson division, which is moving to its new headquarters in Astor Place.

Abstract:
Cognitive systems, such as IBM Watson, can transform how organizations think, act, and operate in the future. These systems apply human-like characteristics to convey and manipulate ideas, and when combined with the inherent strengths of digital computing, they can help solve problems that today fall just outside our grasp. Watson processes information more like a human than a computer—by understanding natural language, generating hypotheses based on evidence, and learning as it goes. And learn it does. Watson “gets smarter” by being taught by its users, by learning from prior interactions, and by being presented with new information. This means organizations can more fully understand and use the data that surrounds them, and use that data to make better decisions. We are beginning a new era in which cognitive systems will internalize many of the behaviors that humans find "natural" and apply them in massive scale to make people more intelligent about they do.

Detail Summary:
Thursday, April 17
4:30-6:00 pm
Light refreshments served at 4:00 pm
Room 461 - Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life
238 Thompson St
Free and open to all NYU faculty and students
Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.