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SP Caris IBMBy Dr. George Poste

Cancer is a formidable foe. Oncologists have long known that cancers arising in different body organs, or in the same organ in different patients, progress and respond differently to treatment. Profiling the alterations in molecular signaling (information) pathways responsible for these differences is revealing additional complexity with major implications for how cancer is diagnosed and treated.

Cancers can no longer be described based simply on site of origin.  Rather, cancers occurring in the same organ are now known to comprise multiple cancer subtypes distinguished by distinct patterns of altered molecular signaling pathways. Continue Reading »

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September, 16th 2014
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IBM Big Data and Analytics Vice president Inhi Cho Suh demonstrates Watson Analytics, a new cloud service the company launched today that is powered by IBM's Watson cognitive computing technology.

IBM Big Data and Analytics Vice president Inhi Cho Suh demonstrates Watson Analytics, a new cloud service powered by IBM’s Watson cognitive computing technology.

By Alistair Rennie

Just as programmable computing changed the human landscape over the past 60 years, IBM is defining a new era of computing that will dramatically transform the way people live, work and learn.

IBM’s new Watson Analytics, announced today, puts the power of advanced analytics at the fingertips of virtually every employee in every business though a freemium cloud-based service.

Organizations across industries can now capture and make sense of growing data volumes in real time while enabling more employees to make better and faster decisions anywhere, anytime. Continue Reading »

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SP GCPS Bus PicBy Heather Gibbs-Poe

How can technology empower education?

Much has been said about transforming education, but with nearly 3 million U.S. high school students dropping out each year – some 8,300 per day – it’s clear that our education system is in dire need of innovation. Education transformation is a journey that requires an evolution to more sophisticated technologies. It won’t take the latest gadget or app. Instead, it is time to harness a series of tools and solutions that focus on the learner’s needs.

The truth is that students learn differently today than they have in the past. They thrive in environments where they have the ability to use learning tools and resources that fit into their media-rich lives. And with this media-rich world evolving rapidly, the education industry should be a shepherd, not a diverging participant. Continue Reading »

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Dr. Katie Zhu,

Dr. Katie Zhu, Medical Lead, Wellness Management, IBM Research

Dr. Katie Zhu is the medical lead of wellness management and a member of the Healthcare Industry Engagement team in IBM Research. In her four years at IBM, Dr. Zhu has challenged obesity risk factors and questioned the future capabilities of technology in the healthcare industry. Recently the Smarter Planet blog caught up with Dr. Zhu for insight into her work, as well as what attracted her to the corporate world.

Smarter Planet: What got you interested in combining computer science and medicine?
Katie Zhu: Imagine that you are a doctor and you need to understand how past patients coped with a certain condition in order to provide the best treatment plan possible for a current patient. You’ll need a digital patient database. Or maybe you are a surgeon and need ventilators to run on autopilot to control patients’ respiratory parameters. You’ll need innovative technology in the surgery room. With the help of more advanced technologies, physicians can do a lot of things that were once extremely difficult or just impossible. Technology is transforming medicine – I am excited to be a part of this transformation. Continue Reading »

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A military analyst manipulates multiple data sources in a single interface, including static and live video feeds and real time human intelligence, using software from Mission Control Technologies.

A military analyst manipulates multiple data sources in a single interface, including static and live video feeds and real time human intelligence, using software from Mission Control Technologies.

By Kevin Parent

I’ve devoted my career to telling stories with technology. Part of that decades-long work has focused on improving the ways in which humans interact with machines. Along the way, two things have become clear.

First, the things that computers and humans are good at are complementary, not duplicative. While machines are steadily improving in their ability to carry out complex automated processes, there are classes of decisions that will always need to be made by humans. Continue Reading »

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Paul Brody, Global Industry Leader, Electronics, IBM

Paul Brody, Global Industry Leader, Electronics, IBM

By Paul Brody

As the Internet of Things starts to accelerate, the practical realities of running networks of devices that number in the billions and tens of billions are becoming a major focus.

We are already churning out more than a billion new smartphones every year and in all likelihood we will soon be faced with the task of managing more than 100 billion connected devices sometime in the next decade or so.

Future Internet of Things networks will have many more devices connected and interconnected and they’ll likely last for much longer periods of time than current ones. Also, more sophisticated than sensors, future devices will be asset management tools and active participants in all kinds of online market places. In short, the Internet of Things doesn’t just mean contending with more devices, it means dealing with increasing amounts of work being executed on those devices, as well. Continue Reading »

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(Photo: Graciela Pierre)

(Photo: Graciela Pierre)

By Eric-Mark Huitema

In order to transform transportation systems, we must first commit to fully understanding them and their millions of data points in constant motion.

Rebuilding the transportation infrastructure from scratch isn’t feasible. Rather we must improve upon existing systems using the multitude of data our industry generates; reconciling information such as what, where and when we move; how a particular model of vehicle performs in a variety of environments; and how many cars versus public transport options are on the road at any given location or any given time.

All of this must then by synchronized in real-time, no small task given that there are more than one billion vehicles on the road in the world today. That’s why while walking the show floor at the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems this week I was encouraged to see a unified vision and passion to make every aspect of transportation more intelligent. Continue Reading »

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Sean Hogan, General Manager, Vice President, Healthcare, IBM

Sean Hogan, General Manager, Vice President, Healthcare, IBM

By Sean Hogan

If you or someone you know has ever been diagnosed with a serious illness like cancer or heart disease, you know what a life-changing experience it is. In that moment, the availability of effective treatment options and the pace of medical research become crucial determinants in successfully fighting the disease.

But before any new treatments become available, it must first be tested in rigorous clinical trials – the “gold standard” of medical evidence. In the U.S., $95 billion is spent on medical research each year, yet only 6% of clinical trials are completed on time, according to the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation. Continue Reading »

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Dr. Michael Haydock, IBM Fellow, Data Scientist, Global Business Services

Dr. Michael Haydock, IBM Fellow, Data Scientist, Global Business Services

By Dr. Michael Haydock

It’s that time of year again – the back to school season. Summer is coming to a close, days are getting shorter and parents are sending their kids back to the classroom. But what does that mean for retailers?  My quarterly retail forecast shows a strong back to school season and parents with bigger, more confident wallets.

The economy is continuing to improve, slowly but steadily, with the unemployment rate decreasing at around 6 percent, although not yet reaching pre-recessions levels. Consumer confidence in the third quarter is the highest it’s been in eight years – people are confident in their future, income, and prospects – which means they are more likely to spend at the store. Continue Reading »

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September, 3rd 2014
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Michael Dixon, General Manager, Smarter Cities, IBM

Michael Dixon, General Manager, Smarter Cities, IBM

By Michael Dixon

Since the earliest days of humanity, dealing with waste has been a fundamental requirement of our existence. However our underlying and very successful technique over the eons has been straight forward: take it away from here and bury it somewhere else.

While that remains the dominant practice throughout the world today, some cities have sophisticated the technique so the approach is now: burn what we can, and take the rest away from here and bury it. But times are changing. While sustainability has become a powerful force in modern societies, everybody now readily understands that burying waste is just such, well, a waste. Continue Reading »

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