Dreamforce 2017: 13 Revelations About IBM And CEO Ginni Rometty

IBM Called Watson 'Cognitive' Partly To Avoid Negative Connotations Around AI

The word "cognitive" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, Rometty acknowledged.

But there are so many negative connotations around artificial intelligence, she said, that IBM in part chose the term to sidestep fears around the technology, and its potential to displace human workers.

While there are many legitimate concerns, fearmongering around the impact of artificial intelligence is mostly misguided.

New technologies have changed the nature of the workforce in all eras.

"Some jobs go away, new ones come," she said.

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