None of us truly know whether we’ll lose our cognitive acuity as we age. Genomics is identifying the factors that makes some people more susceptible to Alzheimer’s and other aging-related cognitive impairments. Regardless of the root cause, dementias are usually irreversible. Machines can learn, but can they teach us? DATAVERSITY brought this interesting information to us in their article, “Using Cognitive Computing to Prevent Human Cognitive Decline.

Some claim that cognitive computing tools, which include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science—might help healthy people to sharpen their intellectual skills. Artificial intelligence games are one example because they improve with you as learn, building up your problem solving abilities and improving your cognition.

But is this improving brain functions or training the muscle memory?

I for one, encourage the research in this area. If we can use cognitive computing to reduce the onset and severity of aging-related dementias, we can significantly improve people’s quality of life. That is worth the investment.

Melody K. Smith

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