By Lisa Seacat DeLuca
Planting the seeds of curiosity and imagination in kids takes some creativity.
I’m a software engineer but my parents aren’t. Growing up, my father loved gadgets and we had a computer in the house. I taught myself how to type on that computer and eventually how to write html code. I shared my father’s love for gadgets and that led me to applying to colleges for computer science. But when I got to school I felt like I was at a disadvantage. I didn’t know some of the basics that would have made learning the more complex topics a lot easier. Continue Reading »
By Bridget van Kralingen
The mobile revolution has transformed the way we connect, relax, navigate, enjoy our music and document our lives in photography.
Yet, for the most part, the impact of all this native capability on the devices we carry hasn’t penetrated the world of serious business. No doubt, millions of people use their personal mobile devices at work for tasks such as email, calendaring or instant messaging – all providing value. We reclaim some “niche time” and gain the convenience of untethering from our desktops. But that state of play – mobility as we know it today – is hardly transformative.
IBM and Apple have joined forces to unlock a new generation of value and possibility in mobility for business. Our companies have come together from two independent positions of strength, combining the best of what we’ve each built our reputations and market positions on: Apple’s legendary ease and user experience, with IBM’s depth in analytics, industry, enterprise-class software and cloud. Continue Reading »
By Ramesh Ramanathan
Anyone who has spent time solving problems of financial inclusion will confess that it is hard work.
The gap between the financial services that those of us reading this have access to, and those which are available to the poor around the world, is both disturbingly large and tantalizingly solvable. But the really hard part is moving from the realm of possibilities to the reality of scalable practical ideas – ideally, with the inherent lift-off velocity of market forces.
At Janalakshmi, we have always believed that what truly constrains us is not government regulation – of course, regulations are major sources of unnecessary friction – but rather our own inability to innovate to find powerful solutions that add value to our clients. Continue Reading »
By Lance Crosby
Let’s be honest, diving into a public cloud computing environment makes many companies more than a little nervous. After all, who is really comfortable with putting it all out there? Who feels secure enough to trust that mission-critical applications are truly safe in the public domain?
Despite knowing that public clouds provide companies with undeniable access to data for customers and employees – data that can be shared, analyzed and put to work – organizations have a hard time relinquishing control of applications and data that run on their own infrastructure. And they don’t know where to start.
I often hear from clients that they are uncertain about the public cloud because they want to maintain control. And they’re not sure how to align the cloud to their business goals. In addition, they are concerned that if the cloud vendor’s network goes down, that they could lose millions a day in lost sales with no real recourse other than to sit on their hands and wait. They really can’t afford even the slightest chance that their mission-critical applications are susceptible to any outage. So the safest bet it to keep them on premises where they can keep an eye on them. Continue Reading »
Cloud and big data applications are putting new challenges on systems, at the same time that underlying silicon chip technology is reaching its limits. Bandwidth to memory, high speed communication and device power consumption are becoming increasingly challenging to improve upon. So, IBM Research is putting $3 billion into solving this “chip grand challenge” and expects not only to push silicon tech beyond seven nanometers and improve upon today’s systems, but to eventually build systems based upon non-traditional architectures that are much more efficient than today’s machines.
The Smarter Planet blog caught up with Supratik Guha, IBM Research’s director of Physical Science, to find out what it means – and what’s required – to go beyond silicon. Continue Reading »
By Lynda Chin
New technologies have their upsides and downsides.
High speed computing has allowed for rapid gene sequencing and a tremendous acceleration in scientific discovery. The parallel developments of handheld computers and high-speed wireless networks have led to an amazing point in human history; one where several libraries worth of information can immediately be accessed from devices we carry in our pockets. Continue Reading »
By Christopher W. Hansen
Technology is changing every aspect of our lives, and in the field of medicine that is especially true in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.
Technology allowed scientists to unravel the human genome and led to the creation of the entirely new science of genomics and personalized medicine. Now we’re able to fight some cancers by using technology to identify genetic mutations and create therapies to cause specific molecular alterations in tumors. We also use apps on smartphones and other personal technological devices connected to broadband networks to monitor our health. Technology enables patient-centered care.
As cancer care continues to evolve, so does medical technology and its use in every aspect of the care continuum. Continue Reading »
By Xiaowei Shen
China’s economic development story is truly incredible. With an average GDP growth of 10% over the past 30 years, China has emerged as the world’s second-largest economy and largest manufacturer.
But as a nation we realize that for China to sustain rapid growth some things have to change. One of the most central and widely discussed issues is ensuring growth while protecting the environment and the health of our citizens. We understand that our success should not come at the cost of future generations. Continue Reading »
By Dr. Guillermo Cecchi
More than 63 million psychiatric interviews are conducted every year. But none of them are analyzed in a quantitative codified manner. Surprising? Not really. Doctors don’t have time to find patterns in the pages of notes they keep per patient. Those pages, though, keep “big data” on psychiatric issues that analytics can help unlock and predict before episodes occur.
Now, after a multi-year study and accompanying development of text analysis algorithms, we may finally be able to quantify patterns in these interviews, and help doctors treat patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. Continue Reading »
By Chris Thomas
We’re midway through the 2014 Wimbledon Championships and social media for the annual tennis contest here in South London couldn’t be more popular.
Helping capture and understand all that’s going on in the twitter-sphere is the Wimbledon Social Command Centre (WSCC), social sentiment technology from IBM that provides the content team at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) with real-time insights into social media trends, allowing them to serve up content on their digital platforms according to their fan interest.
Powered by IBM Softlayer Cloud and Watson Content Analytics, the WSCC delivers a view of evolving social conversations taking place on and off the court at Wimbledon. Continue Reading »