IBM Watson is famous for its escapades on the Jeopardy! TV quiz show. IBM has been collaborating with oncologists to leverage the question-answering technology in deciding on the best medical treatments for individual patients. And, in recent months, IBM has been engaging with businesses to put Watson to work in banks, retail stores, and corporate offices. IBM Researchers have their own ideas–featured in the 5in5 predictions. But it’s clear that there will be no end of uses for cognitive computing technologies like Watson that can learn, reason and interact with humans in ways that are more natural to us.
That’s where you come in. As a scientist, an engineer, a marketer, or an entrepreneur, your skills and ideas will be essential for inventing the new era. For consumers of technology, social networking gives you a seat at the table where the future is being designed. Your voices will shape the thinking of technologists and the services they offer to you. Continue Reading »
By Rod Adkins
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of delivering the fall commencement address for my alma mater, Georgia Tech. More importantly, I also had the pleasure of watching my youngest son receive his diploma. This generational juxtaposition gave me an opportunity to highlight the ways in which my son and his fellow graduates will create innovations for a smarter planet that prior generations like mine could only dream of.
Data has become this generation’s new natural resource and, when combined with a new era of computing, it will enable today’s graduates to create previously unimaginable advances in whatever fields they choose to pursue. Continue Reading »
By Al Speranza
For some time, government agencies have been attempting to move away from heavy capital expenditure, shifting IT expenses to a new operating model that enables the addition of new capabilities, more easily and in far less time, than traditional application architectures would have needed. The management benefits are obvious and have played a big part in the push for consuming technology solutions via the cloud.
For years, public sector CIOs have faced unrelenting pressures to do more with less, but at the same time they’ve been unable to afford big-bang, transformational change in order to meet these demands. This challenge is especially acute in smaller agencies and in local government. Continue Reading »
By Lisa Mandell
Much has been said and written about the need to optimize the data centers of the world to be more efficient and less costly, especially in a down economy. And while the discussions have generally centered on technology solutions, such as virtualization, de-duplication, thin provisioning, etc., there is a growing need to not only explore, but to strategically think about data center power consumption.
In this age of Big Data analytics, “visibility” into the inner workings of the data center is not only possible, it’s critical. Both great savings and improved performance can result from getting control of, and fine-tuning data center systems. But it takes accurate data, robust analysis and a will to act on the results to make it happen. Continue Reading »
Building a Smarter Planet takes people who are passionate about using technology to improve the world and who are eager to innovate and take risks. During the past year, we profiled eight of these “People for a Smarter Planet,” putting the spotlight on researchers, engineers, inventors and innovators who are focused on the future.
They include people like Lisa Seacat DeLuca, a young, prolific software engineer on the cutting edge of advanced cloud solutions; Andy Stanford-Clark, a pioneer in smarter energy solutions; Marie Kenerson, who’s using cloud technology to bring quality healthcare to Haiti; Uyi Stewart, chief scientist at IBM’s first research lab in Africa; and Michelle Zhou, who sees Big Data as a means for world peace and not just corporate profits. Continue Reading »
By Jill Puleri
This holiday season the big winners are retailers who understand that consumers want to shop online via their laptops and mobile phones, as well as in stores. These businesses also understand that more and more customers want this “omnichannel” experience to be easy and seamless. To do that, they’re turning to the Cloud. Check out this video and find out how. And for more information, visit the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark Hub at www.ibm.com/benchmark for real-time analytics and reports on holiday shopping trends. Continue Reading »
By Diego Sanchez Gallo
Walking down the street or on a sidewalk shouldn’t be hazardous to your health. But uneven pathways, cracks in the pavement, or some other unexpected obstacle trip up pedestrians all the time; and at worst, force those with disabilities to take inconvenient detours. IBM Research wants you to take a picture of your next stumbling block with the Rota Acessível (English version: Accessible Way) app – and help others avoid the same pitfall.
Inspired by another IBM crowdsource app, CreekWatch, my team in Sao Paulo developed a way for citizens to collaborate on “watching” their urban infrastructure – acting as human sensors of the city. Accessible Way geo-localizes the photos that users take, and puts them on a map visible to others using the app. Continue Reading »
By Michael King and Chalapathy Neti
The successful education of the nation’s young people is critical to the future of our society and economy. With growing classrooms, fewer resources and stretched school budgets it has become even more challenging for educators to spend time with those students that need help the most. How do you make sure that no student gets left behind in a challenging educational environment where every student learns differently?
Today’s classroom is designed to maximize the teacher’s lecture effectiveness by using an approach where there is a “push” of content. The future of classroom education will rely on delivering content on a personal level, so that the class time can be spent more on discussions, solving problems, and student interaction. We are already seeing an increase in digital data and the use of devices such as tablets in the classroom to improve access, and smarter content delivery for a more engaging learning environment. Continue Reading »
Imagine this: Your computer, the one you carry around in your pocket or purse, knows everything about you. With your permission, it knows about your relationships with the people, places and things in your world. It talks and listens to you. And, as your computer interacts with you and with the vast store of data about you, it learns to be an even better assistant—helping you navigate your personal and professional lives.
Up until now, only a select few of the world’s leading businesses and government agencies have had the ability to marshal vast financial and computing resources to solve almost any highly complex problem. But in the coming years, this type of power will become available to individuals, as well– through the assistance of computers that learn and help us make the most important decisions affecting our lives. Continue Reading »
You can help design this world of the future—where machines learn, reason and interact with people in ways that are more natural to us. As a scientist, an engineer, a marketer, or an entrepreneur, your skills and ideas will be essential for inventing the new era. For consumers of technology, social networking gives you a seat at the table where the future is being designed. Your voices will shape the thinking of technologists and the services they offer to you. This year’s 5 in 5 predictions of innovations that will help transform your world is just a taste of what is to come.
To stimulate the conversation between technology creator and consumer, we’re calling on readers to suggest their own novel and perhaps even earth-shifting ideas for putting cognitive systems to work on everybody’s behalf. If you have an idea that gets you jazzed, please submit it as a comment at the end of this blog post. We’ll review the comments and highlight the best of them in future posts. The people with the most intriguing ideas get free Watson T-Shirts!
To learn more about the new era of computing, read Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing.