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Archive for April, 2009



Mensch vs. Maschine - IBM läutet die nächste Runde ein

IBM wird in nächster Zeit - nach dem spektakulären Schachmatch zwischen dem Computer DeepBlue und Weltmeister Garry Kasparov 1997 - dem Kapitel ‘Mensch gegen Maschine’ ein weiteres Kapitel hinzufügen. Der Supercomputer ‘Watson’ soll in der Gameshow Jeopardy! besser sein als die menschlichen Kandidaten.

Die Watson zugrundeliegende Technologie ist ein großer Schritt in der Mensch-Maschine-Kommunikation und wird zu Verbesserungen in den Bereichen Business Intelligence, Analytik und Informationsmanagement führen.

Auch Spiegel Online berichtet über Watson: “Supercomputer soll Jeopardy gewinnen” und im IBM BlueBlog findet sich ebenfalls ein Artikel hierzu.

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As an avid Jeopardy! fan since I was in elementary school, I’m pretty excited about the announcement that we are building a computer system to challenge humans at the game of Jeopardy. While certainly entertaining in and of itself, this is more than just an entertainment stunt and it has serious implications on how we bring computing to a new level of understanding of the human environment. Who better to help explain than Alex Trebek himself:

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April 24th, 2009
7:02
 

Wherever I am on the planet, I can check what the weather is like at home – not just in my home town, but in my back garden. I can also check to see exactly how much energy my apartment is using, and what the temperature is indoors. I can manage all of that from my mobile web browser.

How do I do that? Well, my home is instrumented with a smart energy meter that is hooked up to my network. Continue Reading »

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Business Decision Optimization.  Evidence-Based Management. The Realtime, Predictive Enterprise.

On April 14, IBM launched Business Analytics & Optimization Services, a major expansion of its consulting organization that embraces all of these fronts. The move not only signals how the smarter planet vision is transforming into new value for IBM clients, but how that worldview will help individual organizations actually become more intelligent.

Business analytics may sound like an abstraction – (analytics simply means the science of analysis) –  but it reflects a very tangible reality at the heart of Smarter Planet: because we can increasingly sense and gather information with unprecedented scale and precision, entire new spheres of knowledge and insight are within reach. We can measure and monitor just about anything, from the complex interactions in natural systems like Galway Bay to the ebb and flow of power over an intelligent electric grid.

As the new paper from IBM’s Institute of Business Value, Business Analytics & Optimization for the Intelligent Enterprise, notes:

The information explosion has permanently changed the way we experience the world: everything – and everyone – is leaving digital tracks. Intelligence is increasingly embedded in objects.

What company wouldn’t want to operate with the kind of highly instrumented, interconnected and realtime intelligence that business analytics promises? While that may seem like a rhetorical question, the study IBM conducted as part of the launch of the new analytics service found that nearly eight in ten business leaders were making decisions based on gut and instinct.  Business analytics is meant to change that.

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Besides positing the question, “why is Earth day only a day and not a week?,” and wondering whether the Smarter Planet icon seen to the right should be adopted as the new Earth Day icon (it does seem appropriate), I wanted to share a few quick thoughts before we close out on Earth Day 2009.

In reality, Earth Day is pretty omnipresent from the Smarter Planet perspective. Because the heart of Earth Day are the individual interactions people make to contribute to a better planet, we’ll just focus on a few colleagues here at IBM and some of their relevant stories today. Continue Reading »

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Die FTD berichtet über das Phänomen der Megastädte. Verstopfte Straßen, alte Abwasserkanäle, marode...

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April 16th, 2009
6:12
 

Following is a guest post from Keith Dierkx:

Today President Obama called for a plan to put high-speed rail into major markets in the U.S. This is a good idea for a lot of reasons — ease of commuting, reduction of pollution, taking traffic off the roads. American cities are facing major congestion problems and rail is one of the answers.

The tough news, as I mention in a new report we released today from the IBM Institute of Business Value, is that increasing demand on rail systems in the U.S. will dramatically strain our existing rail infrastructure. The key for solving these problems, however, lies in emerging technologies to help rail companies better instrument, analyze and manage rail networks and equipment in real-time.

We’ve already started to build these smart rail systems across the U.S., Asia-Pacific and Europe. The video below, which has been shared on this blog already, shares a few of those projects.

Please take a look at the report and let us know what you think.

Keith Dierkx is a transportation, freight and rail specialist at IBM. He can be found on LinkedIn.

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FTD: "Gesundheitswirtschaft - Doktor Computer untersucht den Patienten": Die FTD berichtet über neue...

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Empire State Building soll auch ökologisch Spitze sein: Das Handelsblatt schreibt über das Vorhaben...

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Following is a post from Rose Harr, CEO & President of BlueWare

I loved the book The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. In fact, I loved it so much I had BlueWare’s entire staff read it—and then we had a good old-fashioned “book club” around the fireplace at our staff planning retreat.

As my team opened up about the book, we discovered that this flattening of the playing field provides a tremendous opportunity for us to use our unique talents. We are entering a world where our knowledge is more valuable than our grunt work. And this new world, this “smart world,” is a place where real growth can take place.

As IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said to the White House on January 28th, 2009, “As a country, we have to compete in the world. Yes, it is flatter. Yes, it is smaller. But we would argue it’s also smarter… the world does have a much smarter infrastructure, and therefore, the base to build for the future. It’s there.”

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