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February 23rd, 2015
8:05
 

Neighbourgoods Market, Johannesburg, South Africa

Neighbourgoods Market, Johannesburg, South Africa

By Steve Hamm
IBM Chief Storyteller

The Braamfontein district was once the corporate heart of Johannesburg. Then, in late 1980’s, businesses started moving out of the neighborhood, initiating two decades of decay.

But today, Braamfontein is undergoing an amazing rebirth. Entrepreneurs are transforming abandoned buildings into trendy restaurants and shops as well as arts, culture and business centers. Young hipsters and entrepreneurs mix with students and tourists. Continue Reading »

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February 23rd, 2015
8:00
 

Jonathan Ferrar, Vice President, IBM Smarter Workforce

Jonathan Ferrar, Vice President, IBM Smarter Workforce

By Jonathan Ferrar

Today’s business is all about data – how you get it, how you analyze it, how you use it to impact an organization. Yet today’s data-driven world is getting more sophisticated by the second, and most organizations lack the tools and skills necessary to turn their workforce-based data into insights.

In fact, according to a 2014 IBM Institute for Business Value study on talent analytics, only about 20 percent of organizations are able to apply predictive analytics to address important people issues. And as Chief HR Officers worldwide cite talent development, employee engagement, talent retention and workforce productivity as their top priorities, according to a recent IBM survey, now is the time to employ intuitive technology that enables HR and business leaders to better utilize their workforce data. Continue Reading »

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February 19th, 2015
7:06
 

Down under the Manhattan Bridge

Down under the Manhattan Bridge

By Steve Hamm
Chief Storyteller, IBM

The last mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, captured headlines when he declared that NYC would someday overtake Silicon Valley as the world’s tech capital.

The current mayor, Bill de Blasio, is less bold in his pronouncements but no less aggressive in his deeds.

De Blasio’s program was on display at a tech-industry gathering in the DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge) section of Brooklyn last evening–venue:  Made in NY Media Center by IFP. City officials, business leaders and entrepreneurs discussed initiatives and business conditions at the second stop in the city’s Digital.NYC Five-Borough Tour–a series of events aimed at helping entrepreneurs succeed in the city. Continue Reading »

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February 13th, 2015
13:35
 

Shanker Ramamurthy, Global Managing Partner, IBM Global Business Services

Shanker Ramamurthy, Global Managing Partner, IBM Global Business Services

By Shanker Ramamurthy

In today’s world, it can be difficult to stay abreast of the latest technological trends and distinguish true opportunities from over-hyped fads.

Despite tremendous advances in cognitive computing capabilities, organizations have only begun to scratch the surface of potential for this innovative technology.

From improving customer engagement to enhancing research capabilities that identify new, life-saving medical treatments, the potential value of cognitive-based solutions is boundless.

The first in a series of reports based on research from the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study, Your Cognitive Future, identifies multiple opportunities across industries to apply cognitive computing today, as well as examines how the technology will evolve. Continue Reading »

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February 10th, 2015
8:00
 

SoftBank's Watson-based robot

SoftBank’s Watson-based robot.

By Michael Karasick

When IBM Watson was first created, it was designed to use English and to answer “factoid” questions. Since then, as we expand Watson’s capabilities to transform industries and professions, we are adapting it for other languages and forging strategic alliances to accelerate adoption globally.

Our alliance with Japan’s SoftBank, announced today, is a powerful example of both of those imperatives at work.

SoftBank, one of the most innovative companies in Japan, has signed on as our strategic partner to help introduce Watson and cognitive computing to the world’s third-largest economy. We’re working with SoftBank to train Watson to “think in” Japanese, and SoftBank will build a powerful ecosystem of partners, including entrepreneurs, app developers and venture investors; as well as take its own Watson-based applications and services to market. Continue Reading »

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February 6th, 2015
4:00
 

Solomon Assefa, IBM, and Zeblon Vilakaz, Wits University

Solomon Assefa, IBM, and Zeblon Vilakaz, Wits University

By Solomon Assefa

When I first visited South Africa more than a year ago from IBM’s research center in New York, I was impressed with the advanced level of science and technology in the country. The country boasts four Nobel laureates in science and medicine and some of the world’s best research organizations.

Among them is the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH). IBM Research is working with them to address one of Africa’s most pressing problems: Tuberculosis. TB is the leading cause of death in South Africa. Roughly half a million people contract the disease each year, and, according to the World Health Organization, 80 percent of the country’s young adults are infected, which exacerbates the spread of HIV. Continue Reading »

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February 4th, 2015
21:01
 

Luis Lastras, Research Team Leader, IBM Watson Group

Luis Lastras,
Research Team Leader,
IBM Watson Group

By Luis Lastras

One of the most common features of online news sites, blogs and many other Web pages is the list of “related” items. Those links are produced using simple keyword associations, and, often, they’re basically the same information in a different package.

But what if you had a feature that helped you find items that lead you off in surprising new directions?

That’s becoming possible now thanks to a new service, Concept Insights, that my research team at Watson Group created.

Rather than using keywords to discover relationships, the technology digs deeply to understand the concepts contained in documents, maps those concepts in a giant knowledge graph, and surfaces linkages between the documents on Web pages. We think this new capability will be revolutionary–greatly enriching the online experiences of consumers, business people, scientists and students. Continue Reading »

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January 21st, 2015
3:00
 

ICE chefs, including Creative Director Michael Laiskonis, prepare a Baltic Herring Salad at the Chef Watson cookbook preview dinner in New York.

ICE chefs, including Creative Director Michael Laiskonis, prepare a Baltic Herring Salad at the Chef Watson cookbook preview dinner in New York.

By Florian Pinel

IBM Watson, the same cognitive computing system that has been put to work in healthcare, insurance, and retail, and which debuted the world’s first cognitive cooking food truck at SXSW last year, will soon be coming to your kitchen counter in the form of a new cookbook put together by IBM and The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE).

The cookbook is a result of IBM’s two-year collaboration with culinary partner, ICE, to pair the recipe expertise of world-class chefs with the cognitive power of Watson to generate never-before-seen recipes, many of which will be included in the cookbook, available April 14. Continue Reading »

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Bri Connelly, student, The University of Texas at Austin

Bri Connelly, student, The University of Texas at Austin

By Bri Connelly

I just got back to Austin from a whirlwind trip to New York City where my classmates from The University of Texas at Austin and I stayed in an Airbnb on the Lower East Side, visited the September 11 Memorial and ate meals at as many different restaurants as we could pack into a short stay. The centerpiece of the trip, though, was the day we spent at IBM Watson Group headquarters at 51 Astor Place competing in the first-ever IBM Watson University Competition.

Last Friday, we were among teams from eight notable universities who showcased prototype apps we had built using Watson, IBM’s cognitive computing technology.  It was like being on an episode of Shark Tank – the judging was really tough. And our app won!

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Stacy Hobson, IBM Research

Stacy Hobson, IBM Research

One of our young inventors grew up in a small town in rural South Carolina; another came from Bangladesh; and a third got hooked on computers at age seven in Haifa, Israel. What these three have in common is their youthful optimism and their dedication to one of IBM’s core values: innovation that matters for our company and the world.

This is no empty slogan: Today, IBM announced that it received a record 7,534 US patents in 2014, marking the 22nd consecutive year that the company topped the list of US patent recipients. Amazingly, on average, we receive more than one new US patent for every hour of every work day.

Hidden behind the raw statistics is an exciting insight: IBM’s young scientists, software programmers and engineers are making important contributions to the company’s innovation achievements. (Thoughts? Tweet to #patent, #invent.)
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