With artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive computing -- call it what you will -- all the rage at the moment, Tech Pro Research took a recent opportunity to speak with Gayle Sheppard, CEO of Saffron Technology. This Intel-owned company's brain-inspired Natural Intelligence Platform helps enterprises analyse dynamic multidimensional data in pursuit of valuable insights.
Although Saffron Technology emerged from IBM at the turn of the millennium, its experiential reasoning approach differs from the curated knowledge system that underpins Big Blue's Watson. Other software giants such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon all put their own emphases on the different techniques that comprise artificial intelligence/machine learning/cognitive computing, and there's a burgeoning startup scene in this space too. So what does Sheppard identify as Saffron's USP?
"There's a lot of chaos in the world, and we thrive on high dimensionality, rapid change and chaos -- we humans do well on it, and Saffron handles that really well."
Saffron's bedrock technology is the Natural Intelligence Platform (NIP), which it describes as 'a key:value, incremental learning, fast-query, graph-oriented, matrix-implemented, semantic, and statistical knowledge store inspired by the associative structure and function of real neural systems'.
Not driven by rules or models, the Natural Intelligence Platform was inspired by the way we humans learn and reason. By combining semantic connections and raw statistical frequencies Saffron offers a naturally intelligent store of knowledge so that you learn and adapt as new data arrives. Now you can anticipate what will happen next without having to know what is in the data. And by storing knowledge about every "thing" as an associative memory, you can explore and uncover things you would never know to ask about.
Simple to use. Better decisions. Minimized risk.