Cognitive Computing & Internet of Things

        Have you ever imagined that it’s time for you to wake up and the bracelet attached to your hand softly vibrates, signaling you to wake up, it also signals your air conditioner to switch off, communications with your coffee maker to brew some fresh coffee for you? All this in fraction of a second and by the time you wake up.

        Well that’s the era we have entered, where computers will mimic human though process. Everything will be in built with sensors that would give them the ability to sense and communicate. This simulation of human though process in computerized model is Cognitive computing. These models will further be able to communicate with each other over the internet, which makes them the internet of Things. These devices connected to the internet of Things will be monitored, analyzed and will be able to share data or experience with other devices.

        “The “Internet of Things” is the general idea of things, especially everyday objects that are readable, recognizable, locatable, addressable, and controllable via the internet – whether via RFID, wireless LAN, wide-area network, or other means” (Swan 2012) .

        The internet of Things is expected to continuously monitor and stay connected with the real time data transmission. It assumes that the objects or things possess the feature of digital functionality that makes them feasible for identification and automatic tracking. This is interaction is focused towards the benefit of the consumer.

        Imagine your car inbuilt with sensors, which can feel and evaluate the distance of the car in front of your car. In case of an unsafe distance, the sensors inform the GPS which communicates over the IOT and informs the GPS of the car in front. In situation where none of the car drivers take any action, the sensors make the car slow down bringing a safe distance between the two.

        Well this is something which exists in today’s world. But what if, these car sensors are connected to your hand bracelet and in an emergency where your face a heart attack, the sensors are communicated by the bracelet which can sense your health condition and signals the GPS for auto drive to the nearest hospital and in the while the nearby hospital is informed about your situation. Yes, that will simply save your life.

        This is what a Cognitive computing and Internet of things can do. From entertainment to learning to safety, it is capable of every task. The age where devices and computers were programmed to do a task is a history. Its time for these devices and computers to have a brain of their own which can observe, interpret, evaluate and perform decision making for the benefit of the human race.

        It is a modern intelligence service that is booming to make the life easier and safer for all of us. We have already seen and experienced pebble watches which are connected to the Internet and notifies us of incoming calls, email and messages. Then came the wristband sensors that can track health on the go. There came the Wristband sensors that can track health on the go. There has been a wave of innovations and be it communication, transport, education or health, now every field is being interconnected to each other.

About Author

Hi! I’m Chaitali Datta, an MBA in Finance and currently working with Apex Group of Colleges. Till now I could bag only two publications, and writing few for future publishing.

• Book review on "Challenges of Indian Management", by B.R.Virmani, Volume 21, Issue No. 2, South Asian Journal, Pg.167-170, dated Apr- Jun 2014
• Book review on "Who Will Bell the Cat", by Moid Siddiqui, Volume 22, Issue No. 1, South Asian Journal, dated Jan - Mar 2015

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