Tag: IBM

IBM opens Watson AI to public and private clouds

IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence systems can now be used on Google Cloud Platform, AWS, Microsoft’s Azure, and other cloud providers through an integration with IBM Cloud Private for Data. The approach can also be used to bring Watson to private clouds or on-premise servers. Services like Watson Studio for building AI, Watson Assistant, and AI […]

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IBM’s AI takes on world-class debater in argument about preschool

IBM’s Project Debater, an AI system that can engage in live debate with humans, today faced off with 2016 World Debating Championships Grand Finalist and 2012 European Debate Champion Harish Natarajan. The debate was about preschool subsidies, with Project Debater arguing in favor and Natarajan arguing in the opposition. More than 50 percent of the audience at […]

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IBM researchers predict 5 innovations will change our lives in 5 years

IBM Research has a long history of inventing the future, so the big tech company’s researchers take their predictions seriously. Today they are revealing their annual “5 in 5” predictions, which detail five innovations that will change our lives in the next five years. IBM will talk about the predictions at its Think 2019 event […]

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Big Tech’s Unholy Alliance With the Pentagon

In September 2017, Google began work on Project Maven, a Pentagon program that provides artificial intelligence software for drone warfare. More than ten employees were tasked with building a highly realistic surveillance system, like Google Earth, that would render whole cities and buildings, classifying cars as cars and people as people, and allowing the Pentagon […]

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IBM’s AI classifies seizure types to help people with epilepsy

About 1.2 percent of people in the U.S. — and 3.4 million worldwide — have active epilepsy, and roughly one in 26 people will develop it in their lifetime. Not all suffer seizures the same — and for a third of patients, no medical treatment options exist. As for the remaining two thirds, the available treatments […]

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IBM and McCormick blend new seasonings with AI

On some future visit to your neighborhood supermarket, at least a few of the groceries you pick up for that night’s dinner party or the next day’s lunch will have been designed with artificial intelligence (AI) — or so thinks IBM. The Armonk, New York company today announced that it’s teaming up with McCormick & Company — the […]

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IBM releases Diversity in Faces, a dataset of over 1 million annotations to help reduce facial recognition bias

Facial recognition has a bias problem. A study in 2012 showed that facial algorithms from vendor Cognitec performed 5 to 10 percent worse on African Americans than on Caucasians, and researchers in 2011 found that facial recognition models developed in China, Japan, and South Korea had difficulty distinguishing between Caucasian faces and those of East Asians. In February, researchers at the MIT […]

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IBM, Ford, LG Chem lead blockchain coalition for ethically sourced minerals

A coalition of companies led by IBM will use blockchain technology to ensure that the supply chain for minerals will be ethically sourced. The coalition includes Ford Motor, Huayou Cobalt, LG Chem, and RCS Global. We’ve all heard about “blood diamonds” and conflict minerals, where mined goods are used to fuel wars and human rights […]

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U.S. patents dip in 2018 as China’s share grows

The number of U.S. utility patents granted declined in 2018 after many years of growth and a record-breaking 2017. The annual IFI CLAIMS analysis released today also notes that there was a decline in published pre-grant applications waiting to be approved by USPTO in 2016 and 2017. I think most of the 3.5 percent decline […]

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IBM’s Project Debater AI helps humans process complex arguments

IBM is launching a new tool today that will let decision makers talk through complex decisions with an AI. Named Project Debater, the tool is designed to help people practice their reasoning, develop well-informed arguments, and reach reliable conclusions. IBM Research has been working on the AI behind Project Debater for seven years and expects […]

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CES 2019: Tips for surviving tech’s biggest trade show

I’ve been to Consumer Electronics Show more than 20 times in Las Vegas, and I’ve collected a few tips that will help the newcomers walk the miles of exhibits next week at tech’s biggest trade show in Las Vegas. Yes, it is possible to survive CES 2019 without Vegas nightmares and hangovers. All told, CES […]

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IBM and Medtronics’ IQCast AI helps diabetics forecast blood sugar dips

Diabetes is one of the most common disorders in the world, with over 100 million cases diagnosed worldwide. And while recent technological advances have made treating it easier than before, it remains far from a walk in the park. People living with diabetes have to make about 180 decisions about food intake, insulin, sleep, and physical activity […]

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3 tech companies whose terrible 2018 you missed: Snap, Yelp, and IBM

So much went so spectacularly wrong in so many ways for tech companies in 2018 that it was hard to keep track of all the horror shows. Some fails were so epic — like those of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Tesla — that they deserve their own postmortem. But these headliners overshadowed three companies whose crappy […]

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IBM researchers monitor Parkinson’s disease with fingernail sensors

Grip strength can tell a lot about a person — including whether a neurodegenerative disease is about to set in, and how far it’s progressed. In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from IBM describe a wearable system — a so-called “fingernail sensor” — they used to measure how a person’s fingernail bends and […]

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Facial recognition remains tempting but toxic for tech companies

In a blog post announcing support for the Asia Pacific AI for Social Good Research Network and highlighting Google’s efforts to use artificial intelligence (AI) to combat disease and natural disasters, Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs, wrote that Google wouldn’t offer a “general-purpose” facial recognition API through Google Cloud until the “challenges” […]

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IBM’s 8-bit AI training technique is up to 4 times faster while retaining accuracy

Computational efficiency is the name of the game in artificial intelligence (AI). It’s not easy maintaining balance among training speed, accuracy, and energy consumption, but recent hardware advances have made the goal more attainable than it once was. Case in point: IBM this week will showcase AI training methods that result in orders of magnitude […]

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How Oblong helped IBM build its ‘immersion rooms’ with giant displays

John Underkoffler is best known as the science adviser for the landmark sci-fi film Minority Report, where actor Tom Cruise uses “data gloves” and gesture controls to manipulate a transparent computer. As the CEO of Oblong Industries, he has been trying to bring that to life. He founded the company in 2006 and launched the Mezzanine software for interacting […]

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