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August 29th, 2012

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Did you know that you can work with your faculty to suggest a project that helps you develop your skills, links with your studies, and connects to IBM’s Smarter Planet themes which may receive up to $3000 US for supplies, activities or other use? See this form.

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We live in a complex world–often overwhelmed by data, connections, random and not-so-random events. One of the challenges of our time is to manage this complexity. We need all the help we can get.

We need wizards–people or technologies which can help us make sense of seemingly intractable problems, and we need to make this wizardry available on a wider scale.
IBM is in the business of developing technical wizardry and making it more accessible. One of the ways we do this is by encapsulating difficult problems into models, which can then be made available to those who need solutions in a more consumable way.

We put our best minds on hard problems, and then derive models that can be leveraged by our customers to make better decisions.

I encourage you learn more about this topic by joining the upcoming Webinar sponsored by IEEE Computer Society on August 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM Eastern time.   Please click here to register.

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As you know in some countries like USA, it has been a challenge to get young people excited about the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors.   A few days ago, I read this newspaper article in Star Tribune  claiming that scientists like Adam Steltzner (known as “Elvis Guy”) and Babak Ferdowsi (known as “Mohawk Guy”) – both from NASA recent Mars mission – have been influencing young people that geeks could be cool people too:).

I just saw another article about a creative way to teach Computer Science materials.  Do you have any suggestions how to get young people excited more about science, math, and technology?




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August 19th, 2012

Two weeks ago, I was in Singapore to co-chair a customer analytic global workshop organized by Living Analytics Research Center of Singapore Management University (SMU).  I also delivered a keynote talk on Big Data in “14th Annual International Conference on Electronic Commerce 2012 (ICEC 2012)” which started just after the workshop in SMU. My talk was about six imperatives for a smarter planet.  I played three short videos during my talk which I thought to share with you.  They are examples of new thinking that we need in solving our old problems.  They remind us that Albert Einstein was right when he said that “The problems cannot be solved using the same level of thinking that created them“.   Enjoy them.


Smarter Water:  YouTube Preview Image

Smarter Health:  YouTube Preview Image

Smarter Transport:  YouTube Preview Image

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