By Dario Gil
IBM Research scientists launched the nanotechnology revolution when they designed the scanning-tunneling microscope in 1981, and our researchers have achieved numerous nanotech breakthroughs since then–including being the first people in the world to move single atoms.
Now comes an advance that delivers on the promise of nanotechnology–potentially extending the life of Moore’s Law by enabling major performance improvements over today’s conventional chip technology.
A team at our Yorktown, New York, lab overcame one of the most daunting challenges facing the chip industry by demonstrating the first carbon nanotube transistors that don’t suffer from reduced performance as they’re shrunk to smaller dimensions. Read about their invention in the Oct. 2 edition of Science.
By Steve Hamm
IBM Chief Storyteller
In the solar energy realm, nothing beats the drama and fun of the biennial Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, an 1800-mile race in solar-powered cars across the Australian outback. Teams from dozens of universities around the world compete for global bragging rights–combining precision teamwork with advances in software, electronics, materials and aerodynamic design.
For this year’s race, which will take place October 18 to 25, there’s an exciting new technology in play: cognitive computing. IBM Research scientists are collaborating with the University of Michigan’s solar car team to provide solar forecasting technology they hope will give the team’s car, Aurum, a decisive edge.
A Gulf War veteran, Brian Book is the president of Book Zurman, Inc., a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that has partnered with IBM. Brian is leading a team that is a finalist in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Care Coordination Challenge for Improved Outcomes. Without revealing too much about the team’s final submission due on Nov. 23, Brian sat down with Smarter Planet to discuss the role of cognitive and cloud. Below is a summary of that conversation.
Smarter Plant: What is the VA’s Care Coordination Challenge?
Brian Book: Veterans receiving care interact with facilities inside and outside of the VA often involving multiple specialists, clinicians and other personnel. Establishing a single treatment plan across all these providers has proven to be an elusive challenge, but one the VA views as critical to enabling better treatment plans and outcomes. The VA is seeking potential solutions from industry, researchers, developers and others to “create algorithms (methods, processes and/or tools) for identifying redundancies, gaps, conflicts, and interactions among care-plan items and other data.” After the first competitive round, our team is one of five finalists. Continue Reading »
By Rob High
IBM has long played a major role in Silicon Valley. We built a manufacturing plant there in 1943 and opened our IBM Research lab in San Jose in 1956–since then producing a string of technology breakthroughs including the first disk drive, the first data mining algorithms and essential advances in nanotechnology. My dad got his start as an IBM engineer in the Valley in 1958, so it has a special place in my heart.
IBM’s Watson business, which is based in New York City, is collaborating with dozens of startups in the Valley and San Francisco; and IBM’s venture group has close working relationships with a number of leading venture capitalists there.
To take Watson even further, today, IBM is greatly expanding our presence in this cradle of global technology innovation. We’re opening a Watson hub in San Francisco. This will put IBM closer to, and increase collaboration with, the local start ups, developers, venture capital groups, and academics we’re working with. We’ll host activities aimed at sparking a new wave of innovation built on advances in cognitive computing.
By Doug Schaedler
I was recently describing inno360′s new software release and enhanced functionality to a c-suite executive at a global consumer packaged goods company. He was intrigued by the fact that our latest software, thanks in part to IBM’s Watson technology, has the ability to learn and push more relevant information to employees as they interact with it. He saw that in a short period of time our software could make his whole company smarter and more efficient.
The reaction of this prospective client bodes well for inno360 clients and our recent ecosystem partnership with IBM Watson to deliver Watson cognitive capability. Our software offers the ability for our clients to achieve rapid and enhanced return on investment, but also will increase our revenues and make our software mission critical to our global client base, of which 15 are the #1 ranked leaders in their respective global vertical industries.
By Ilya Tabakh
Baseball still holds sway as America’s national pastime, but, for a certain slice of the population, Fantasy football is THE GAME. More than 33 million people play–obsessing over rosters, stats and injury reports for nearly six months of the year. Yet, as popular as Fantasy is, it could be even bigger if more of football’s 100+ million fans got involved.
That’s why my co-workers and I at Edge Up Sports have set out to change the way fans play the game. Our Edge Up platform, which we’re introducing today with a Kickstarter campaign, is designed to take the drudgery and stress out of managing a Fantasy football team. Continue Reading »
By Steve Hamm
Just a few months ago, Jimoh Ovbiagele was a junior computer science major at the University of Toronto. Today, he’s the chief technology officer of ROSS Intelligence, a Toronto-based startup that’s harnessing IBM Watson in an attempt to transform the legal profession by streamlining case law research. This is no pipe dream: the software is being piloted by Dentons, the world’s largest law firm–giving it an industry stamp of approval.
“From the moment we had the opportunity to touch Watson, we saw that we could change a whole industry. So that’s what we set out to do,” Jimoh says.
By Shahram Ebadollahi
In IBM Watson’s early days, the cognitive computer was a whiz at words. It was designed to ingest vast amounts of documents and Web pages, understand words and their context, and answer free-form questions from people–offering up responses ranked by its confidence in their accuracy.
These days, we’re adding a wide variety of other types of data to Watson’s repertoire, perhaps most significantly, images–including photos, medical images and videos. Simply put, we’re teaching Watson to “see.”
A watershed moment in our effort to expand Watson’s visual capabilities comes today: we’ve announced our intention of acquiring Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a leading provider of medical image handling and processing systems. It addresses radiology, cardiology, orthopedics eye care and other medical fields. The planned acquisition is subject to regulatory review and Merge shareholder approval and is anticipated to close later this year.