The Cognitive Workbench in a Nutshell

How can I converge knowledge sources? Is there Artificial Intelligence to automatically make sense out of that? How can I apply that new knowledge?

The answer to these questions is the Cognitive Workbench. Three steps:

1) Connect your data sources
You select one or more source, these can be personal data sources (like your paper draft, emails or your LinkedIn account), research resources (like your paper subscriptions), company resources (like Microsoft Sharepoint) or public resources (like patents on  The Cognitive Workbench will then automatically import the data and break it up into knowledge molecules and build associations across them using state of the art award winning machine learning techniques. The Cognitive Workbench is source agnostic, and knowledge about a topic from different sources converges automatically.

2) Make the machine think
Apply your business logic: Next you can select modules that run periodically on the Cognitive Workbench’s knowledge graph and “think” about the data. The Cognitive Workbench’s knowledge graph is like a web of nodes (entities) and edges (associations), a Thinker can travel along this web like a spider and work on the graph. Thinkers look at entities, analyse their connections or contents and may decide to add new entities, clean up data, modify contents or add & remove associations or entities. Your knowledge graph is alive!

3) Use its output
Certainly, it is nice to build a graph that knows more than its single sources. But the real value arises from actually applying that knowledge. Again, the Cognitive Workbench’s outputs are versatile:

  • use our interfaces to navigate / explore the data…
  • … or build your own user interface
  • write software that connects to the database and uses the insights in your own application
  • define output channels such as email alerts and news providers
  • develop a webservice using the knowledge…
  • use the Cognitive Workbench to pre-fill forms or present relevant contextual information

The Cognitive Workbench’s output ranges from connective over informativeto assistive, just as your usage scenario requires it.

Next: Have a look at Inspirations what could be build using the Cognitive Workbench or browse the Modules to see what capabilities the Cognitive Workbench is offering. Or keep reading to familiarise yourself a bit more with the Cognitive Workbench:

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