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July 9th, 2014
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Christopher Hansen, President, American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network

Christopher Hansen, President, American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network

By Christopher W. Hansen

Technology is changing every aspect of our lives, and in the field of medicine that is especially true in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.

Technology allowed scientists to unravel the human genome and led to the creation of the entirely new science of genomics and personalized medicine. Now we’re able to fight some cancers by using technology to identify genetic mutations and create therapies to cause specific molecular alterations in tumors. We also use apps on smartphones and other personal technological devices connected to broadband networks to monitor our health. Technology enables patient-centered care.

As cancer care continues to evolve, so does medical technology and its use in every aspect of the care continuum. Continue Reading »

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Xiaowei Shen, Dir., IBM Research China

Xiaowei Shen, Dir., IBM Research China

By Xiaowei Shen

China’s economic development story is truly incredible. With an average GDP growth of 10% over the past 30 years, China has emerged as the world’s second-largest economy and largest manufacturer.

But as a nation we realize that for China to sustain rapid growth some things have to change. One of the most central and widely discussed issues is ensuring growth while protecting the environment and the health of our citizens. We understand that our success should not come at the cost of future generations. Continue Reading »

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Dr. Guillermo Cecchi, an IBM Reseach staff member working in Biometaphorical Computing

Dr. Guillermo Cecchi, an IBM Reseach staff member working in Biometaphorical Computing

By Dr. Guillermo Cecchi

More than 63 million psychiatric interviews are conducted every year. But none of them are analyzed in a quantitative codified manner. Surprising? Not really. Doctors don’t have time to find patterns in the pages of notes they keep per patient. Those pages, though, keep “big data” on psychiatric issues that analytics can help unlock and predict before episodes occur.

Now, after a multi-year study and accompanying development of text analysis algorithms, we may finally be able to quantify patterns in these interviews, and help doctors treat patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. Continue Reading »

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Chris Thomas, Solution Architect, IBM Software Group

Chris Thomas, Solution Architect, IBM Software Group

By Chris Thomas

We’re midway through the 2014 Wimbledon Championships and social media for the annual tennis contest here in South London couldn’t be more popular.

Helping capture and understand all that’s going on in the twitter-sphere is the Wimbledon Social Command Centre (WSCC), social sentiment technology from IBM that provides the content team at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) with real-time insights into social media trends, allowing them to serve up content on their digital platforms according to their fan interest.

Powered by IBM Softlayer Cloud and Watson Content Analytics, the WSCC delivers a view of evolving social conversations taking place on and off the court at Wimbledon. Continue Reading »

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Linda Ban, Global C-suite Study Director, IBM Global Business Services

Linda Ban, Global C-suite Study Director, IBM Global Business Services

Shanker Ramamurthy, Global Managing Partner, IBM Global Business Services

Shanker Ramamurthy, Global Managing Partner, IBM Global Business Services

By Linda Ban and Shanker Ramamurthy

The most successful C-suites have a diverse representation of skills, bringing together unique backgrounds, qualifications and experiences – ideally suited for a connected world.

Within a C-suite, there are many different relationship and collaboration models between CxO members, and there are also a many perceptions about the role they each play in setting the strategy for an organization. While CEOs are concerned that other C-suite members aren’t focused enough on the long term strategy three to five years out, other CxO members fear their leaders are too stuck in the weeds with operational concerns. With a clear disconnect in the boardroom, it’s time for members of the C-suite to start working together to prepare for what’s next: an interconnected economy. Continue Reading »

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Subbu Balakrishnan, CTO and co-Founder of Good.co

By Subbu Balakrishnan

Finding the perfect employee or the perfect job is not dissimilar to finding the right life partner.

Almost every one of us has likely experienced the joys of being in a job and an environment that fits like a glove, as well as suffered through times of frustration or uncertainty, where Fridays can’t get here soon enough. The struggle for employees and employers alike is to articulate, measure and predict the likelihood of both the highs and lows with such an abstract topic like personality and culture fit between an individual and her workplace.

At Good.co, a TechStars Spring 2013 graduate and an early beneficiary of the IBM SoftLayer Catalyst program, we set out to create a framework to help both ask and understand the questions that help people discover their strengths and culturally-fit workplaces. Continue Reading »

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Matt Gross, editor, BonApetit.com

Matt Gross, editor, BonAppetit.com

By Matt Gross

For nearly 20 years, I’ve observed the South by Southwest festival from afar, fascinated by the list of bands, movies, and tech companies coming every year to Austin, Texas—but frustrated beyond measure that I’ve never been able to go, catch a hot band on its way up, eat late-night migas, and feel like I was on the creative cutting edge. This past February, however, was particularly bittersweet. That’s because SXSW was host to something that seized my attention and wouldn’t let go: a food truck dishing up Austrian chocolate burritos and Belgian bacon pudding, recipes inspired not by an overly tattooed mad kitchen scientist but by Chef Watson, IBM’s cognitive computing system. Continue Reading »

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Bart Jansen, winner of the 2014 Christiaan Huygens Prize for his research on Big Data analytics

Dr. Bart Jansen, winner of the 2014 Christiaan Huygens Prize for his research on Big Data analytics.

Christiaan Huygens was the Neil deGrasse Tyson of the 17th century. Huygens like Tyson was a prolific writer and a popular scientist particularly in the fields of astronomy and physics. He also invented the pendulum clock and studied the rings of Saturn, but he is probably most remembered for his wave theory of light, which helped to improve the design of optics and telescopes.

 Huygens was also Dutch, which is why an award recognizing researchers from Dutch universities was named in his honor in 1998. The award, for which IBM is a sponsor, is granted each year to a different scientific field, this year going to a researcher in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). To qualify the research needs to have clear social and scientific relevance.

Young researcher, Dr. Bart Jansen, thinks he can help in this area, which is why he is being awarded the 2014 Christiaan Huygens Science Prize for his research The Power of Data Reduction: Kernels for Fundamental Graph Problems.  Continue Reading »

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Paul Segre, CEO, Genesys

Paul Segre, CEO, Genesys

By Paul Segre

When it comes to customer experience, there is overwhelming evidence that getting it right is great business. It lowers customer effort, increases sales, and creates more loyal customer advocates. At the same time, only one in three companies deliver a positive customer experience today.

That’s one of the reasons that Genesys, a leader in technology solutions for customer experience and contact centers, teamed with IBM to bring the power of Watson to customer service. Together we are developing a learning system that combines the Watson Engagement Advisor with the Genesys Customer Experience Platform to transform how organizations engage with their customers. Companies and organizations can now tap into a virtually unlimited range of information to provide more accurate and complete responses to customer inquiries – within self-service and agent assisted engagements. Continue Reading »

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Anna Hodge, IBM Communications Intern, Journalism Major, Syracuse University

Anna Hodge, IBM Communications Intern, Journalism Major, Syracuse University

By Anna Hodge

Insight is central to any decision. Whether it’s where to go to dinner or the platform to focus on in a political campaign, information and insights are crucial to making the best choice. Now, imagine if you could get insights in real-time. How might you use them to make better decisions?

That’s the idea behind IBM’s Social Sentiment technology, developed by IBM Brazil. The technology examines in real-time what is being posted on social networks. From this, we are able to learn from the things people are saying – good, bad and indifferent – about any given topic, company, person, idea, trend, etc. The technology was originally piloted by IBM Brazil Research which used it to analyze more than 10 million tweets during the 2013 FIFA Confederate Cup. The sentiment-sifting technology is now analyzing social media sentiment during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.  Continue Reading »

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