By Gerhard Pfau
How would you reinvent product design on a global scale?
If you’re a 103-year-old company like IBM, which does business in over 170 countries around the world, this is no small task.
Adam Cutler, IBM Design Studio Director, explored this very topic in his post on this blog, “Building an Environment for Innovative Design,” where he showcased the opening of IBM’s design studio in Austin, Texas, last year.
At that lab, design practitioners tap into the expertise of IBM design thinking through an educational program we call Designcamp. But it’s a relatively small program, and if we were to send every IBMer to Austin for Designcamp, it would take decades. Continue Reading »
By Maria Winans
We are living through what author Thomas Friedman has called a “Gutenberg-scale” moment, a technology-driven inflection point in history akin to the invention of moveable type. The pace of change today is dizzying – watch a TV show from just a decade ago and the technology seems quaint – but the impact on our world is even more so. And we’re just getting started.
We can’t literally see into the future, but we can imagine it, and in imaging it, we can take action to try to make our ideal future a reality. This is what separates our era from the past: our ability to reshape our world as it evolves. That ability will continue to grow – many of the technologies we are developing now will allow us to dream up even greater, more potent solutions to problems. As much as the world has changed, we are on the cusp of even bigger transformations. Continue Reading »
By Prashant Pradhan
India is a dynamic nation of extreme contrasts. As the second most populated country in the world, Indian cities are facing unprecedented growth in population due to rapid urbanization. Imagine this, every minute during the next 20 years, 30 Indians will leave rural India to settle in urban areas.
At this pace, 350 million Indians will move to cities by 2030. The accelerated pace of urbanization in Indian cities is evident and the time to plan for this mass migration is now. Continue Reading »
Cancer is a formidable foe. Oncologists have long known that cancers arising in different body organs, or in the same organ in different patients, progress and respond differently to treatment. Profiling the alterations in molecular signaling (information) pathways responsible for these differences is revealing additional complexity with major implications for how cancer is diagnosed and treated.
Cancers can no longer be described based simply on site of origin. Rather, cancers occurring in the same organ are now known to comprise multiple cancer subtypes distinguished by distinct patterns of altered molecular signaling pathways. Continue Reading »
By Alistair Rennie
Just as programmable computing changed the human landscape over the past 60 years, IBM is defining a new era of computing that will dramatically transform the way people live, work and learn.
Organizations across industries can now capture and make sense of growing data volumes in real time while enabling more employees to make better and faster decisions anywhere, anytime. Continue Reading »
Much has been said about transforming education, but with nearly 3 million U.S. high school students dropping out each year – some 8,300 per day – it’s clear that our education system is in dire need of innovation. Education transformation is a journey that requires an evolution to more sophisticated technologies. It won’t take the latest gadget or app. Instead, it is time to harness a series of tools and solutions that focus on the learner’s needs.
The truth is that students learn differently today than they have in the past. They thrive in environments where they have the ability to use learning tools and resources that fit into their media-rich lives. And with this media-rich world evolving rapidly, the education industry should be a shepherd, not a diverging participant. Continue Reading »
Dr. Katie Zhu is the medical lead of wellness management and a member of the Healthcare Industry Engagement team in IBM Research. In her four years at IBM, Dr. Zhu has challenged obesity risk factors and questioned the future capabilities of technology in the healthcare industry. Recently the Smarter Planet blog caught up with Dr. Zhu for insight into her work, as well as what attracted her to the corporate world.
Smarter Planet: What got you interested in combining computer science and medicine?
Katie Zhu: Imagine that you are a doctor and you need to understand how past patients coped with a certain condition in order to provide the best treatment plan possible for a current patient. You’ll need a digital patient database. Or maybe you are a surgeon and need ventilators to run on autopilot to control patients’ respiratory parameters. You’ll need innovative technology in the surgery room. With the help of more advanced technologies, physicians can do a lot of things that were once extremely difficult or just impossible. Technology is transforming medicine – I am excited to be a part of this transformation. Continue Reading »
By Kevin Parent
I’ve devoted my career to telling stories with technology. Part of that decades-long work has focused on improving the ways in which humans interact with machines. Along the way, two things have become clear.
First, the things that computers and humans are good at are complementary, not duplicative. While machines are steadily improving in their ability to carry out complex automated processes, there are classes of decisions that will always need to be made by humans. Continue Reading »
By Paul Brody
As the Internet of Things starts to accelerate, the practical realities of running networks of devices that number in the billions and tens of billions are becoming a major focus.
We are already churning out more than a billion new smartphones every year and in all likelihood we will soon be faced with the task of managing more than 100 billion connected devices sometime in the next decade or so.
Future Internet of Things networks will have many more devices connected and interconnected and they’ll likely last for much longer periods of time than current ones. Also, more sophisticated than sensors, future devices will be asset management tools and active participants in all kinds of online market places. In short, the Internet of Things doesn’t just mean contending with more devices, it means dealing with increasing amounts of work being executed on those devices, as well. Continue Reading »
By Eric-Mark Huitema
In order to transform transportation systems, we must first commit to fully understanding them and their millions of data points in constant motion.
Rebuilding the transportation infrastructure from scratch isn’t feasible. Rather we must improve upon existing systems using the multitude of data our industry generates; reconciling information such as what, where and when we move; how a particular model of vehicle performs in a variety of environments; and how many cars versus public transport options are on the road at any given location or any given time.
All of this must then by synchronized in real-time, no small task given that there are more than one billion vehicles on the road in the world today. That’s why while walking the show floor at the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems this week I was encouraged to see a unified vision and passion to make every aspect of transportation more intelligent. Continue Reading »