By Stephen Gold
Ever since the early days of personal computing, scientists, sci-fi mavens and movie makers have envisioned a time when people would interact with pocket-sized intelligent digital assistants that would help them organize their lives and get things done.
Like flying cars, those intelligent digital assistants always seem to be off in the future.
Except that’s not so anymore. Today, scientists and engineers at IBM are designing cognitive systems that will ingest vast amounts of information, learn, reason, and interact with people in ways that are more natural to us.
Very soon, you’ll have all of the power of Watson, the Jeopardy-winning computer, delivered in the palm of your hand. In fact, some early adopters are already trying out test versions of the technology.
Many people think of Watson as a room-sized supercomputer. Today’s reality is quite different. The computing power of the original Watson has been squeezed into a space the size of three pizza boxes, and, thanks to the cloud, Watson’s intelligence can be accessed on your smart phone or tablet wherever and whenever you want it.
By Steve Hamm
Tired of fiddling with mobile apps that do little more than entertain people with too much slack time on their hands? Here’s a chance to help change the world. IBM today launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a first-of-its-kind worldwide competition to promote development of mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson, a cognitive computing breakthrough.
Cognitive computers are smart machines that ingest vast amounts of information, learn, reason and interact with people in ways that are more natural to us. While the original Watson was trained to compete with humans on the TV quiz show Jeopardy!, today’s Watson is designed to provide advice and insights to business leaders, professionals and individuals anywhere and any time—thanks to cloud and mobile computing.
By Robert LeBlanc
As companies evolve, they sometimes struggle with lagging perceptions. Their customers and the public think of them as one thing long after they have morphed into something else. There are some who still think of IBM as purely a computer hardware company even though, for many years, it has been steadily building a broad portfolio of software and services. Now it’s time for yet another reassessment: IBM as a cloud company.
This shift to cloud– where hardware, software, and services meld into one, represents the most significant change in IBM’s go-to-market strategy since it built a large blue-suited sales force to cater to businesses in the 1950s and ‘60s. It’s a fundamental reinvention of the company—how IBM operates and how it delivers value to clients and society.
The shift has been underway for several years. IBM has built up a large array of cloud services and software applications delivered via the cloud. It’s already the global leader in making cloud services available to large businesses. Today, however, marks a major advance. We’re announcing a set of initiatives that signal the emergence of an expanded cloud strategy. Put simply, we’re offering “IBM as a Service.” Continue Reading »
By Dr. Michael Weiner
It’s been 53 years since IBM created the first electronic health record (EHR) for Akron Children’s Hospital, built on IBM’s Ramac 305. In those days, we could never have dreamed of the advances that would soon unfold for the modern EHR. From the amount of data they collect and store to the ability to access them remotely on mobile devices, EHRs have truly transformed medicine over the past few decades.
EHRs have also begun to transform our healthcare ecosystem. As a physician, I can attest to the value of an EHR to help improve the quality of care we deliver to our patients.
EHR’s can also facilitate care coordination between clinicians and help achieve greater administrative efficiencies.But as we look to the future of EHRs and to the requirements of Stage 3 meaningful use in the U.S., we continue to ask ourselves how to integrate structured and unstructured clinical data. Many of us have often wondered: When will the technology be able to read our notes? Continue Reading »
By Manoj Saxena
I’m an entrepreneur at heart. I love to shepherd businesses from concept to reality. Earlier in my career, I launched, built and sold two technology companies.
One of those companies was purchased by IBM, which launched the next phase of my career, when I became an intrepreneur. At IBM I was tapped to lead the team charged with turning Watson from a Jeopardy-playing experiment into a set of technology solutions capable of transforming industries. During our short three year effort, we’ve applied Watson to a variety of industry challenges, from health care to financial services and retail, and demonstrated the power of the new era of computing where cognitive systems think, improve by learning, and discover insights in massive amounts of data. Continue Reading »
By Harry van Dorenmalen
Societies across the world are reaping huge benefits from the new natural resource that is data. But at the same time that people are experiencing improvements in public safety, health care, flood protection, weather prediction, transport planning or water resource management, politicians around the globe are grappling with how to legislate data.
Here in Europe, the European Commission’s DG Connect has been instrumental in promoting an innovative Digital Economy. However, rhetoric that is currently emanating from parts of Europe reminds me of this: that in mid-19th century Britain, laws forbade the use of self-propelled vehicles without a person walking in front, waving a red flag to warn pedestrians of a vehicle’s approach and to slow its speed. This dramatic measure hindered early automotive adoption. Continue Reading »
By Rich Schwerdtfeger
Throughout the history of computing, software has typically advanced more quickly than the hardware on which it runs. But that’s not the case when it comes to documents and mobile devices. All too often, things like PDF documents and HTML pages are laborious to operate on a mobile device or limited in capability. When you consider the widespread and unrelenting proliferation of mobile devices, from smart phones to tablets, the problem was only going to get worse.
At IBM we viewed the challenge as an accessibility issue, one that was preventing consumers from viewing their desired content. So we set out to collaborate to create a solution that would help the literally billions of mobile users access and consume documents easily and without degradation of performance.
When developing an accessibility strategy for software we try to take a holistic view that is heavily dependent on open standards. When we set out on this journey, our two primary documentation formats were XHTML and PDF. Continue Reading »
By Kimberly A. Whitler
The recipe for good marketing is a mixture of both art and science – combining the creative elements of branding with the technological impact and insights of digital analytics. As companies across a wide range of industries move from manufacturing to selling directly to consumers via stores, mobile, and e-commerce channels, the formula for success revolves around engaging consumers and understanding the individual preferences of shoppers.
The latest company to transform its business model is Swiss-based chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli. Lindt, founded in 1845, has become one of the world’s most consumed confections through innovative candy-making techniques and superior chocolate recipes. Fast forward to today and Lindt is hitting its sweet spot transforming its business
model – from simply manufacturing chocolate to selling directly to consumers. Continue Reading »
By Jeff Margolis
When I was just 19 years old, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, Crohn’s Disease, whose treatment included 100 days in a hospital and, over several years, seven major surgeries. There is no cure for this disease, but I learned to cope with it—controlling its symptoms in part through a discipline of diet, exercise, attitude and sleep. This experience taught me that it’s important not to see oneself as a victim of disease. We can take charge of our health and make our lives better.
Now, as chief executive of Welltok, a leading health optimization company, I’m a man on a mission. My goal is to transform the healthcare system from providing “sickcare” to helping consumers be and stay as healthy as they can individually be. Healthcare consumers should be at the center of an integrated system where people, their employers, care providers and insurance companies support a community of health—with the individual in charge. I believe that this approach is crucial if we hope to cure our sick healthcare system.
Last year, Welltok launched the ability to create and sustain just such an environment, called CaféWell. It’s a dynamic health optimization platform where individuals are connected with the tools and support they need to manage their own health, and are rewarded for making healthy choices. Currently, over 10 million consumers are eligible for CaféWell through their population health managers, including leading health insurance plans, ACOs and healthcare systems.