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Dharmendra Modha, IBM Fellow

Dharmendra Modha, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist, Brain-Inspired Computing

By Dharmendra S. Modha

For decades, computer scientists have been pursuing two elusive goals in parallel: engineering energy-efficient computers modeled on the human brain and designing smart computing systems that learn on their own—like humans do—and are not programmed like today’s computers. Both goals are now within reach.

And, today, as we launch our ecosystem for brain-inspired computing with a TrueNorth Boot Camp for academic and government researchers, I expect that the two quests will begin to converge. By the end of the intensive three-week training program, hopefully, early adopters will set out to show potential for these new technologies to transform industries and society.

The boot camp is a pivotal step in bringing brain-inspired computing to society by putting cutting-edge innovation in the hands of some of the best and brightest researchers who will begin to invent a wealth of applications and systems that we cannot even imagine today.

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John E. Kelly III, Senior Vice President, IBM

John E. Kelly III, Senior Vice President, IBM

By Dr. John E. Kelly III

This week, President Obama issued an executive order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative with the goal of ensuring that the United States leads in the field of high-performance computing. The initiative is aimed at producing computers capable of exascale performance–which is one billion billion operations per second, orders of magnitude faster than today’s most powerful computers.

IBM has been a pacesetter in large-scale computing ever since modern computers emerged in the 1940s. We have collaborated with the US government in producing and deploying computers in the national laboratories and government agencies that help the country retain its leadership in science and commerce, as well as safeguarding national security. Continue Reading »

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Kyu Rhee, Chief Health Officer, IBM

Kyu Rhee, Chief Health Officer, IBM

By Kyu Rhee

When it comes to transforming healthcare, IBM started by looking at what we could do for our own employees. More than a decade ago, thought leaders within the company helped shape one of the most important concepts in healthcare today–patient-centered primary care.

That’s the idea that healthcare should be organized around the individual and that all of the organizations and healthcare providers involved should coordinate to deliver truly personalized services addressing everything from promoting healthy lifestyles to treating diseases.

Since then, we’ve been on a steady march to infuse people-centric, relationship-based thinking into every aspect of healthcare and wellness at IBM–and we’re committed to creating technology-based solutions that give organizations and healthcare providers worldwide the tools for improving the health and well-being of their populations. Continue Reading »

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By Wayne Balta

A quarter century ago, IBM became one of the first corporations to voluntarily issue a corporate environmental report and we’ve done so every year since, accumulating some meaningful results. Since 1990, we’ve collected and processed more than two billion pounds of end-of-life IT products worldwide and have conserved 6.8 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy while avoiding 4.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Continue Reading »

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The Economy of Things

The Economy of Things

By Veena Pureswaran – As the Internet of Things continues turning physical assets into participants in new real-time, digital marketplaces, it’s creating what we describe as a new “Economy of Things.” In fact, such digital marketplaces represent huge economic opportunities for growth and advancement.

In a new study from IBM’s Institute for Business Value, The Economy of Things, we explored the macroeconomic impact of this transformation across three dimensions: Asset Marketplaces, Risk Management and Efficiency, as defined here:  Continue Reading »

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Kim and Cole Stephens.

Kim and Cole Stephens.

By Kim Stephens

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Many people may think, “Well, that’s nice, but that doesn’t really impact me.”

That’s the way I felt until one moment almost two and a half years ago. That was the moment my two-year old son was diagnosed with a life-threatening, progressive disease – Hunter Syndrome. From that moment on he was a child with a disability, and I became a special needs mom.

I’ve always been a strong supporter of people with disabilities. I worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for three years, and for almost four years, I was a part of IBM’s AccessibilityCenter, now called the Human Ability and Accessibility Center. But until that moment in the doctor’s office when the full impact of raising a child with a disability came crashing down on me, it wasn’t personal. Now it is. Continue Reading »

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Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager for Cloud Ecosystem and Developers

Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager for Cloud Ecosystem and Developers

By Sandy Carter

According to Evans Data Corporation there are currently more than 20 million developers around the world, less than 25 percent of which are developing for cloud. But not for long. The ranks of cloud developers is expected to soar over the next five years to 25 million, according to IDC, as more and more application development moves to the cloud.

Against this backdrop we introduced a new platform to enable the next generation of developers to learn and leverage IBM Cloud technologies, to mentor them and provide hands-on experiences that propel radical ideas and innovation in cloud.

In addition, we also announced the new Academic Initiative for Cloud which introduces students to the latest cloud technologies and solutions as they build the transferrable skills needed to launch their own businesses or become industry leaders in the workforce. The program creates cloud development curricula using Bluemix, IBM’s platform-as-a-service, in over 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries. Continue Reading »

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John Kelly, Senior Vice President, IBM

By Dr. John Kelly III

World leaders from business, government and the non-profit sector are gathering this week in Nairobi, Kenya, for Global Entrepreneur Summit 2015, the first such summit to be held in sub-Saharan Africa. So it’s a good time to explore the potential for Africa and Africans to take advantage of the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to propel the continent forward.

IBM is committed to helping Africa fulfill it’s promise by providing information technologies to help address the continent’s challenges, through research collaborations with companies and universities, and by helping to foster innovation ecosystems in a number of cities. Continue Reading »

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Jamie Smith is Director of Product Marketing, Embedded Systems, NI

Jamie Smith, Director of Product Marketing, Embedded Systems, NI

By  Jamie Smith and Sky Matthews

Organizations in the industrial sector – energy, water utilities, oil & gas, manufacturing, mining and transportation – have a lot of pre-existing equipment that isn’t instrumented. Truth be told, the equipment is just old. According to a Wall Street Journal article citing Morgan Stanley, most of the industrial machinery in use is at least 10 years old.  Not since 1938 have North American factories worked with such out-of-date equipment.

Industries with aging infrastructure but increasing demands need better monitoring and predictive technology. To address this challenge, IBM and National Instruments (NI) are teaming up to create an industrial Internet of Things testbed – a cloud-based platform that lets organizations  better monitor and manage the health and performance of any connected device, machine or industrial equipment. Continue Reading »

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Dr. Hendrik Hamann. Physical Analytics manager, IBM Research

Dr. Hendrik Hamann. manager, Physical Analytics at IBM Research

By Hendrik Hamann

Five years ago, a few of my IBM Research colleagues and I played a hunch. Large-scale solar power was taking off, but we realized that for solar to fulfill its potential for helping to produce a more sustainable energy future, it would have to be integrated into electrical grids. For that to work, you would have to know ahead to time how much solar power would be generated when and where. That realization spawned our solar forecasting research project.

Today, we have shown that we can generate accurate forecasts of solar energy (from minutes ahead to many days ahead), which in turn can have a significant impact on the energy business – and on the future of sustainable energy. Our preliminary findings, including a test conducted at ISO-New England, the grid operator serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, show that our system can be 30 percent more accurate than other state-of-the-art approaches. Continue Reading »

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