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Rob High, CTO, IBM Watson

Rob High, CTO, IBM Watson

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.

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Doug Schaedler, CEO, inno360

Doug Schaedler, CEO, inno360

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.

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Michael Rhodin, SVP, IBM Watson Group

Michael Rhodin, SVP, IBM Watson Group

By Michael Rhodin

When biomedical companies develop and test new products, they are required by law to employ management systems that prove that everything they do follows the rules concerning safety, quality and privacy. That includes the computers and software they use.

Because of the strict requirements, these industries have found it difficult to take advantage of one of the most important new capabilities the tech industry has to offer–cloud computing.

Today, IBM Watson Health is changing the game for the healthcare industry by introducing a new cloud service, IBM Watson Health Cloud for Life Science Compliance, which enables innovators to share data while maintaining and validating full compliance with federal regulations. For the first time, pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies can more easily move their core business activities to the cloud.

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Lars-Olof Eriksson, EVP, ICON plc

By Lars-Olof Eriksson

I have been involved in clinical drug development for over 35 years and it’s gratifying for me to see the progress that has been made to help people who are stricken with various diseases to live longer and healthier lives.

For me, this is personal. Two of my children have Type I diabetes, and I feel immensely fortunate that they have benefitted from advances that transformed diabetes from a debilitating and too-often fatal disease into a manageable condition.

Now, I believe, medical science is on the cusp of another major step forward. Using advanced data analytics–including IBM Watson–we have the potential to cut in half the time it takes to bring amazing new drugs to market.

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Ilya Tabakh, CEO, Edge Up Sports

Ilya Tabakh, CEO, Edge Up Sports

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 »

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Jimoh, right, and the original ROSS Intelligence team

Jimoh, right, and colleagues at ROSS Intelligence

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.

Thanks to the IBM Watson Ecosystem, tiny startups like ROSS Intelligence can begin to disrupt the status quo in one industry after another–and in a matter of months. Continue Reading »

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Shahram Ebadollahi, Vice President, Innovations, IBM Watson Health

Shahram Ebadollahi, Vice President, Innovations, IBM Watson Health

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.

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Dharmendra Modha, IBM Fellow

Dharmendra Modha, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist, Brain-Inspired Computing

By Dharmendra S. Modha

For decades, computer scientists have been pursuing two elusive goals in parallel: engineering energy-efficient computers modeled on the human brain and designing smart computing systems that learn on their own—like humans do—and are not programmed like today’s computers. Both goals are now within reach.

And, today, as we launch our ecosystem for brain-inspired computing with a TrueNorth Boot Camp for academic and government researchers, I expect that the two quests will begin to converge. By the end of the intensive three-week training program, hopefully, early adopters will set out to show potential for these new technologies to transform industries and society.

The boot camp is a pivotal step in bringing brain-inspired computing to society by putting cutting-edge innovation in the hands of some of the best and brightest researchers who will begin to invent a wealth of applications and systems that we cannot even imagine today.

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John E. Kelly III, Senior Vice President, IBM

John E. Kelly III, Senior Vice President, IBM

By Dr. John E. Kelly III

This week, President Obama issued an executive order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative with the goal of ensuring that the United States leads in the field of high-performance computing. The initiative is aimed at producing computers capable of exascale performance–which is one billion billion operations per second, orders of magnitude faster than today’s most powerful computers.

IBM has been a pacesetter in large-scale computing ever since modern computers emerged in the 1940s. We have collaborated with the US government in producing and deploying computers in the national laboratories and government agencies that help the country retain its leadership in science and commerce, as well as safeguarding national security. Continue Reading »

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John Kelly, Senior Vice President, IBM

By Dr. John Kelly III

World leaders from business, government and the non-profit sector are gathering this week in Nairobi, Kenya, for Global Entrepreneur Summit 2015, the first such summit to be held in sub-Saharan Africa. So it’s a good time to explore the potential for Africa and Africans to take advantage of the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to propel the continent forward.

IBM is committed to helping Africa fulfill it’s promise by providing information technologies to help address the continent’s challenges, through research collaborations with companies and universities, and by helping to foster innovation ecosystems in a number of cities. Continue Reading »

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