By Dr. Daniel Oehme
Over the millennia our ability to utilise plants in many different ways has allowed us to flourish as a species. Most importantly, they turn our waste carbon dioxide into oxygen.
But we have also used plants to provide shelter, to publish and transmit information on paper and as a food source. In fact, developing new ways to utilise plants has even led to population explosions throughout time, such as when we first developed granaries to store grain thousands of years ago. In these modern times of climate change, global warming, ever-increasing populations and fossil fuels, plants have never been more important. Continue Reading »
By Arvind Krishna
Chemists at Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant, used to spend up to three months in their laboratories creating new formulations for liquid cleaning products. Now, they can perform the same work in 45 minutes or less–thanks to a collaboration between Unilever, one of the United Kingdom’s national laboratories and IBM.
Unilever product developers use iPads to set up tests and experiments, run simulations on an IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer at the UK’s Hartree Centre lab, and see their results in 3D visualizations that help them explore the data and make discoveries that otherwise might elude them.
This is an example of what’s possible when government, businesses and tech companies combine forces to bring the power of supercomputing and sophisticated data analytics to bear on business problems. It’s also an example of the kind of collaboration I expect to see flourish as a result of an agreement IBM is announcing today with Britain’s Science & Technology Facility Council.
By Huang Yue
Commerce is inherently global. But now, with changing demographics and advances in technologies as well as regulations, cross-border shopping is really picking up steam.
For evidence that global shoppers are getting savvier online, one need only look to last year’s Black Friday shopping day in which U.S. retailers successfully exported to shoppers in the U.K., France and China. Likewise, U.S. merchants adopted China’s popular Single’s Day and attracted Chinese shoppers.
Globalization is driving brands to transact more frequently across borders, and consumers are increasingly using e-commerce and m-commerce services for their overseas purchases as well. The U.S. is the most popular place for non-nationals to purchase from — an astonishing 84% of Chinese cross-border shoppers have purchased from U.S. vendors. But the U.K. is the next most popular place global shoppers buy from, followed by China and Hong Kong. Canada, Germany and Australia are also popular choices. Continue Reading »
By Angel Diaz
When I was a young guy growing up on a farm in Puerto Rico, I was a neophyte when it came to computer science and mathematics. I was so fortunate at an early age to be empowered by my mother to reach further. At 17, I left for college in America.
Back then, people growing up in less-developed places didn’t have much chance of succeeding in technology unless we left home and headed for major tech meccas such as Silicon Valley, New York and Boston.
But things are different today, thanks in part to cloud computing. This new approach to technology creates tremendous opportunities for young people everywhere to build services and mobile apps on ready-made cloud platforms–either as entrepreneurs or as employees of larger companies. Continue Reading »
Social sharing, mobile computing and the Internet of Things have made data compression a part of our every day lives. The process of compressing data is put to work every time a photo or video is shared across social media or a weather sensor reports a temperature change. Continue Reading »
By Jo Kenrick
In the classic film Field of Dreams, a strange voice in a cornfield whispers to an Iowa farmer: “If you build it, he will come.”
That’s pretty much all the prodding that Ray Kinsella needed to rush down to his local DIY store, pick up some supplies and erect an entire baseball field all by himself.
Now fast forward 25 years and change the setting to the UK, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that voice instead advised: “If you build it, hire a professional.”
As one of the leading home and garden retailers in the UK, we’ve carefully monitored a tremendous change in attitudes towards home improvement. Consumers still want beautiful homes, but many now lack basic skills or the desire to learn them. With today’s busy lifestyle, studies show that we just aren’t as handy as we used to be, opting instead to hire a tradesmen to do it for us. Continue Reading »
By Dario Gil
Silicon deserves lot of credit for enabling the digital revolution. Silicon-based chips power everything from cell phones to supercomputers.
Light is another critical factor in our digital lives. Behind the scenes, fiber optic cables carry a flood of voice and data communications for the Internet, telephone lines and cable TV.
But I believe that the real magic happens when light and silicon meet–in the realm of silicon photonics.
IBM Research scientists and engineers have achieved a major milestone that could accelerate progress in this area. They have invented a silicon photonics device that combines electrical and optical components on a single chip, and which can be mass-produced using conventional chip manufacturing techniques. Read about the technical details here.
This breakthrough paves the way for game-changing advances in everything from high-performance computing to Internet-scale data centers. By easing data traffic jams in all sorts of computing and communications systems, our technology enables cloud computing and big data analytics to achieve their full potential.
By Steve Robinson
The cloud industry is entering a critical innovation stage.
Organizations have quickly learned that the Cloud presents a cost-effective and reliable way of delivering value, but it’s also becoming clear that cloud is more than just way to cut costs.
Cloud technologies have the means to exponentially increase performance regardless of the industry. And the tremendous growth and potential can only be sustained with a continued commitment to innovation on the cloud. If we expect enterprise-wide adoption of cloud technologies to continue, cloud must be easy to use, bring value and have the ability to integrate regardless of the platform. Continue Reading »