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March, 25th 2015
8:00
 

Ajay Royyuru

Ajay Royyuru, PhD and Director, Computational Biology Center at IBM Research

By Ajay Royyuru

A physician once told me that “your genes load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger.”

We were talking about how genetics play a role in the likelihood of a disease manifesting itself – and how the way we live also influences that likelihood. And it’s getting easier and faster for doctors and scientists to precisely understand which genes influence which diseases, and by how much.

This improved access and understanding of the genome, though, brings up challenges to the notion of ownership, consent, and privacy. Should a patient ask her siblings, parents and grandparents for permission to reveal genetic information? How much of a person’s genome should be tested, disclosed, or archived, per analysis? Continue Reading »

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March, 24th 2015
8:00
 

Kirill Korniliev, General Manager, IBM East Europe/Asia (Russia & CIS)

Kirill Korniliev, General Manager, IBM East Europe/Asia (Russia & CIS)

By Kirill Korniliev

Financial institutions are beginning to fully grasp the banking habits of millennials and are rethinking their customer experience to better engage with a generation that uses their smartphones for everything – the first true digital natives.

Millennials do have financial needs, but their goals are altered by the cultural shifts of their generation – more social, more eco-sensitive, and maybe less focused on accumulating wealth.

Their goals include experiences and contributions as much or more than mortgages and financial planning. They haven’t had time for long standing financial relationships. And when it comes to technology, mobility and convenience, millennials have high expectations that financial institutions will need to fulfill if they hope to maintain relevance with this target market and capture a huge market opportunity.  Continue Reading »

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March, 23rd 2015
10:41
 

Inhi Cho Suh, IBM Analytics

Inhi Cho Suh, Vice President Strategy & Business Development, IBM Analytics

Kris Lovejoy, Chief Information Security Officer, IBM

Kris Lovejoy, Chief Information Security Officer, IBM

By Inhi Cho Suh and Kris Lovejoy

Innovation is born out of people thinking differently and from the various perspectives each person brings to the table. And it’s up to companies to create an environment where diversity of thought is valued – where employees feel comfortable stepping outside the mainstream and taking risks. We need to encourage employees to be open, curious and ask questions. Urge them to think deeply and challenge the conventional thinking. They need to be able to take chances and experiment and ask the question that everyone else is too embarrassed to ask. If they make a mistake, challenge them to step back and learn from the experience. Encourage them to view every process, policy or financial hurdle as an “opportunity” as opposed to a barrier. These diverse viewpoints are the very fuel of innovative thinking. Continue Reading »

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Robert-Jans Sips and colleague, Gert Jan Keizer, head into the Gobi desert on their Russia-Central Asia trek to combat water problems.

Robert-Jans Sips and colleague, Gert Jan Keizer, head into the Gobi desert on their Russia-Central Asia trek to combat water problems.

By Robert-Jan Sips

Last September, I left Amsterdam by car with friend and colleague, Gert Jan Keizer, to embark on the Poseidon Project – a community effort to fight the root causes of regional water problems with Internet of Things, cloud and analytics technology.

The epic journey took us across Russia and Central Asia to some of the most climate-challenged regions in the world. By the end, we had clocked a grand total of 34,000 kilometers.

Of all the Central-Asian water concerns, one of the most visible is the decline of the Aral Sea, lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. As recently as 1960, this inland sea occupied the same amount of area as Ireland. But since that time, is has gradually dried out and in 2014, it almost disappeared completely. Continue Reading »

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Wayne Balta, VP, Environmental Affairs, IBM

Wayne Balta, VP, Environmental Affairs, IBM

By Wayne Balta

Today, IBM is participating in a White House roundtable on greenhouse gas reductions, which spotlights leadership by IBM and other large Federal suppliers who are committing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

IBM has long taken environmental sustainability seriously, and we have been making aggressive moves for 25 years to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Today IBM is announcing new goals for the use of renewable energy and for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In the case of greenhouse gas emissions, this marks the company’s third generation goal.

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Brad McCredie takes flight

Brad McCredie takes flight

By Steve Hamm
Chief Storyteller, IBM

When Tom Rosamilia took command of IBM’s hardware division in early 2013, he faced a huge challenge. With the POWER systems, IBM made the world’s most capable server computers, yet sales were declining and there was no quick recovery in sight. One critical issue: the company’s high-end servers didn’t have a foothold in the fast-growing market for consumer- and public-cloud services.

A possible answer to Tom’s problem walked through his office door the first week he was on the job–in the person of Bradley McCredie, the chief technology officer for the hardware division. Brad urged him to make a radical change: Open IBM’s proprietary processor and system technology for use and modification by others.

The two men had discussed the idea previously–a number of times, in fact. But now Tom was in charge and Brad argued that the time had come to make a decision. “I said, ‘Let’s go for it,’” recalls Tom.

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By Alistair Rennie

Leaders at a global food service company wanted to understand more precisely the types of people who visit their stores throughout a typical day. The goal: To spot hidden patterns that could help them market to specific customers more successfully.

With IBM’s help, they began incorporating Twitter streams into their analysis of loyalty-program data. The exercise quickly produced surprising insights. For instance, they learned that people with similar tastes in food and drinks tended to come in at specific times of day. One time-constrained  type of customer, for instance, visits the stores nearly every morning, purchases food and beverages to go, and even buys their lunch during their morning visit. Continue Reading »

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March, 16th 2015
0:19
 

Florian, center, with ICE chefs Michael Laiskonis, left, and James Briscione, right

Florian, center, with ICE chefs Michael Laiskonis, left, and James Briscione, right

By Florian Pinel
Co-creator, Chef Watson

I love cookbooks. I must have 200 of them packed in a bookcase in my family’s apartment in East Harlem, N.Y. They’re from all over the world, in English, my native French, Russian, Hungarian and German. Soon there will be a new one: Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson: Recipes for Innovation from IBM & the Institute of Culinary Education.

This latest addition to my collection is a result of IBM’s successful collaboration with the Institute of Culinary Education to pair the recipe expertise of world-class chefs with the cognitive power of Watson to generate novel and tasty dishes.

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Donald Coolidge, CEO, Elemental Path

Donald Coolidge, Co-founder, Elemental Path

By Donald Coolidge

The day we launched the Kickstarter campaign for Elemental Path and our Cognitoys  was one of the most amazing days of my life. Within hours, we had reached $10,000 and, before the end of the day, we had topped our goal of raising $50,000. Today, with just three days to go in the month-long campaign, we have raised nearly $250,000. (Hey, it’s not too late to join in!)

It all seems magical. But the magic actually started a little over one year ago, when we first learned of the Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. Entering, and, ultimately, winning the Challenge led to us launch a new company and set out to develop a new generation of fun and educational toys based on cognitive technologies. We plan on introducing our first product in November–in time for the holiday shopping season. Continue Reading »

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George Dannecker, CEO, Senet Inc.

George Dannecker, CEO, Senet Inc.

By George Dannecker

For years we’ve talked about how the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to change our world, but the challenges have always been battery life, short distances, high costs and difficulty to deploy. But these challenges didn’t stop, Senet Inc, formerly known as EnerTrac, from building its own private long range and low cost IoT network four years ago.

You may ask, why build up our own? Well, the major telecom operators are focused on cell based networks, which is necessary to facilitate high data rate applications, but is too expensive and energy demanding for the types of IoT applications we had in mind.

So we decided to become America’s first Network as a Service (NaaS) provider. In a way, a NaaS really isn’t much different then a telecommunications operator, where we essentially rent out our wireless infrastructure to clients — the first ones coming from the heating industry, more specifically delivering oil and propane heating to residences and businesses. Continue Reading »

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