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Dario Gil, Vice President, Science & Technology, IBM Research

Dario Gil, Vice President, Science & Technology,
IBM Research

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.

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Steve Robinson,  General Manager, IBM Cloud Platform Services

Steve Robinson, General Manager, IBM Cloud Platform Services

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 »

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Mueller Inc.’s Ivy Green metal roof, one of many in the company’s portfolio.

By Mark Lack

Extreme. Severe. These are two of the more common words used to describe the weather here in Texas and the southern plains.

This part of the country can go from drought like conditions one day to tornadoes and hail the next. The month of May itself has the highest average of tornadoes for the state with 277 (1995 – 2014). In fact this past Friday storms and tornadoes ripped through parts of Texas and Oklahoma unloading larger-than-baseball hail as they passed.

This kind of weather can be both dangerous and destructive. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety ranked Texas No. 2* on its Top 10 list of states with the most property damage last year, with $23.7 billion between 2006 and 2013.

It’s one of the reasons Mueller Inc. is in business. As a manufacturer of steel buildings and metal roofs our products keep people and property a little safer. In fact, because our products can resist hail so well, customers can qualify for up to a 35% discount on Texas homeowner’s insurance. Continue Reading »

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Thomas Ludwig, Director, German Climate Computing Center; Professor of Computer Science, University of Hamburg

Thomas Ludwig, Director, German Climate Computing Center; Professor of Computer Science, University of Hamburg

By Thomas Ludwig

It’s no exaggeration to say that climate change is one of the major challenges facing mankind today. While the causes, extent and long-term impact are the subject of ongoing discussion and conjecture, the overall phenomenon is real and must be addressed.

Answering that challenge requires two things – determining how to mitigate the effects of climate change caused by human activity and learning how to adapt to our changing environment. At the German Climate Computing Center, we are dedicated to the pursuit of these two goals by providing the foremost leading environmental researchers with supercomputing capabilities to continuously run comprehensive climate simulations with coupled Earth system models and store and analyze the massive amount of data generated. Continue Reading »

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By Mark Gorenberg

Exactly 20 years ago last week, the commercial Internet as we know it opened its doors to the masses.  And over the next few years, marketing departments started experimenting with the data created by this network of networks to improve how they advertise and brand their businesses.

The basic market demographics available through the early Internet that we now take for granted was considered revolutionary at the time. But by the next decade, web analytics became the norm and the new era of data-driven marketing had begun. Continue Reading »

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A screen shot from the Secret Squirrel project

A screen shot from the Secret Squirrel project

By Jeffrey Coveyduc and Emily McManus

Imagine being able to ask a panel of TED speakers: Will having more money make me happy? Will new innovations give me a longer life? A new technology from IBM Watson is set to help people explore the ideas inside TED Talks videos by asking the questions that matter to them, in natural language.

Users will be able to search the entire TED Talks library by asking questions. Then they’ll be offered segments from a variety of videos where their concepts are discussed.  Below each clip is a timeline that shows more concepts that Watson found within the talk, so that users can “tunnel sideways” to view material that’s contextually related, allowing a kind of serendipitous exploration.

Today, IBM and TED are showing a demo of the technology at World of Watson, an IBM symposium in Brooklyn, New York, aimed at expanding the role of cognitive computing in society.

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Dr. Lukas Wartman, MD

Dr. Lukas Wartman

By Dr. Lukas Wartman

I have the dubious distinction of being a famous cancer patient.  I’m an oncologist who specializes in leukemia; I got leukemia; and I’m cured, at least for now, thanks to advances in genomic medicine and the efforts of some brilliant physicians and researchers.

My health was broken. It took some of the best minds and science in the world to put me back together again.

Unfortunately, in spite of advances in gene sequencing and oncology, too few cancer victims have outcomes like mine. The genomic treatment I received, an example of precision medicine, simply isn’t scalable to millions of people right now.

This is where IBM Watson could help. Using Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities, I hope it will be possible for oncologists like me to quickly mine insights from the immense amount of genomic data that’s becoming available about individual patients by using Watson to identify potential drugs that target our patients’ specific genetic profiles.

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James Faulkner, All-Rounder, Australia (Source:

James Faulkner, All-Rounder, Australia (Source:

By Mitesh Vasa

All-rounder James Faulkner was scoring well before his double wicket maiden that clinched Australia’s 2015 Cricket World Cup finals win over New Zealand last month.

He was scoring with data, or maybe more appropriately, with #ScoreWithData, IBM’s social media insight analysis into players, teams, matches, brands, cities, and fans.

By the end of the six-week-long event played across Australia and New Zealand, Faulkner’s 30 percent “buzz” of 1 million tweets made him the online MVP, well before he earned player of the match versus Cup co-host New Zealand.

Sports provide opinionated natural language data, ripe for machine learning opportunities. That’s one of the reasons our team at IBM Research’s lab in India customized IBM BigInsights’ “social data accelerator” plug-in to scan Twitter for all things Cricket World Cup.

All told we scanned between 700 and 800 keywords per match, ranging from obvious ones like names of players, referees, and stadiums, to cricket-specific technology like “spidercam,” and “UDRS.” Continue Reading »

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Two NOAA WP-3D Orion Hurricane Hunters collecting weather data.

NOAA WP-3D Orion Hurricane Hunters collecting weather data.

By Anne Altman

While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was created officially in 1970, its roots go back more than 200 years. The agencies that came together to form NOAA represent some of the oldest federal agencies. So much history, so much research, so much science, so much data…so little time.

Every day, NOAA gathers more than 20 terabytes from Doppler radar systems, weather satellites, buoy networks and stations, tide gauges, real-time weather stations, ships and aircraft. That equates to creating more than twice the data contained in the United States Library of Congress – every day. Yes, data is our greatest natural resource, but like any natural resource, its power is only useful if it can be refined. Continue Reading »

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Stephen Garten, Chairty Charge; John Guydon, Lassy Project; Lauren Foster, Stretch Recipes; Jordan Monroe, Owlet Baby Care; Aaron Horowitz, Sproutel; & Chelsea Krost, The MPulse

By Maria B. Winans

When we set out to create a fun and educational program that would spotlight millennial start-ups that were founded with a social conscious to improve society, I had no idea we would encounter such intense levels of passion, commitment and clarity of thought.

But that’s exactly what we got.

This week we kick off the second phase of the New Way to Startup competition and webisode series, a five-day accelerator among five young start-ups will compete to see which one can produce the biggest breakthrough for their company using the latest social and analytics tools and leveraging expert business advice from onsite business pros. Continue Reading »

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