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How to Define and Use Smart Machine Terms Effectively

Published: 04 March 2016

ID: G00301283

Analyst(s): Martin Reynolds , Tom Austin, Alexander Linden


Assigning human attributes to technology distorts our understanding of what that technology can truly accomplish. We define the term "smart machines" and compare it to other similar terms (cognitive and artificial intelligence) to help IT leaders separate the marketing hype from reality.

Table Of Contents


  • Reintroducing Smart Machines
  • Comparing Smart Machines, Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence and Similar Terms
    • Smart Machines Defined
    • Illustrative Smart Machine Capabilities

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