The makers of IBM Watson and its multiple deep neural branches were in India today, and spoke about how IBM has been collaborating with the Government of India, along with private institutions, to bring cognitive technology to commonplace spheres of life.

The cognitive technology is not just about artificial intelligence, but is a combination of AI, machine learning and deep neural networks, and are often present in the mundane, statistical forms. The information, however, can be crucial in India's push for smart cities. As Sriram Raghavan, Director of IBM India Research told us, "The key is to encourage certain schools and institutions to come forward and set precedence, which will work wonders in removing initial notes of inhibition among many about automated technology." It is this that IBM is aiming for, and has reportedly held talks with the Government of India to partner and provide Watson's Career Training cognitive platform in line with the NCDS programme.

"The Internet of Things is an equally pivotal factor, and the rise in awareness and enthusiasm surrounding IoT will be crucial in taking cognitive platforms to everyday households," added Raghavan. True to his word, the technology on display today included Watson's Intelligent Operations Centre - a centralised platform for city mayors and authorities to monitor, track and address grievances.