Rapid innovation in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smart computing technologies has made AI as the most fascinating technology recently. With improved advancement and efforts in building the AI technologies, machines are being made more intelligent based on the tenets of cognitive computing.

The traditional ‘programmed computing’ methodologies will eventually be replaced by a new era based on cognitive computing and neural networks. Newly built computers won’t require coded programs to deliver a task rather they’d be cognitive enough to learn through pattern recognition and making decisions based on past happenings. Also with natural language processing they’d be able to respond and interact with humans in our language. This is the entire idea behind Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

AI capabilities could have wide applications across enterprises and business processes. This technology can greatly augment the human decision making process and help derive insights from complex set of data. Professional decision making especially in healthcare and legal industries can see remarkable improvements in decisions based on cognitive intelligence. These industries rely on a vast reserve of data including publications, precedents and technological advancements which need to be brought into perspective in real time since this information has a short shelf life and becomes obsolete quite soon.

Also it is not humanely possible to decipher this deluge of new information hence AI technologies can be used here to derive maximum professional benefits. AI systems based on cognitive computing supported by huge computational resources can efficiently digest a huge depository of information, patents and journal articles to augment decision making for healthcare & legal professionals. For example precise diagnosis of a disease can save lives in a hospital and make the doctors far better at delivering medical services.

With the rise of pattern recognition and language processing abilities, we can see more enterprise offerings wherein every user can have a virtual personal assistant just like ‘Siri’. These virtual assistants can help employees schedule meetings, manage emails and plan projects paving way for a new environment at work based on cognitive systems which can respond to situations based on past outcomes.

Though these applications might sound quite elementary and just be a start for AI systems to be integrated completely within the enterprise IT setup, but innovations in this arena are progressing quite rapidly. In the coming years with increased deployment of wearables and cloud technologies, access to cognitive systems will be easier and hence we will have far more AI applications changing our work place scenario.

Even though these technology applications are in the state of infancy and we might not be sure on how these will shape up in future but their potential cannot be denied.