Tag: IBM

Our deep dive into how esports broadcasting differs from traditional sports

The world of sports entertainment is changing, and esports is the star player. Market researcher Newzoo forecasts that esports revenue will grow from $906 million in 2018 to $1.7 billion by 2021. In an esports panel at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas this week, we explored how esports will disrupt the  […]

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Albertsons will use IBM’s blockchain network to trace romaine lettuce supply chain

Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the U.S., is joining the blockchain-based IBM Food Trust network to help keep track of items in the food supply chain such as romaine lettuce. That’s important, as tainted romaine hospitalized dozens of Americans in late 2018. With the transparent decentralized ledger technology of […]

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New IBM technique cuts AI speech recognition training time from a week to 11 hours

Reliable, robust, and generalizable speech recognition is an ongoing challenge in machine learning. Traditionally, training natural language understanding models requires corpora containing thousands of hours of speech and millions (or even billions) of words of text, not to mention hardware powerful enough to process them within a reasonable timeframe. To ease the computational burden, IBM […]

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IBM’s quantum computation technique mitigates noise and improves accuracy

IBM has developed a technique dubbed “zero-noise extrapolation” that mitigates the noise of quantum computations. It might seem counterintuitive, but by repeating the computation at varying levels of noise, IBM scientists can estimate what a quantum computer would calculate in the absence of noise. The error mitigation technique improves the results of any algorithm run […]

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AI identifies which primates could be carrying the Zika virus

Zika, a species of the genus flavivirus spread mostly by mosquitoes, is associated with mild symptoms in most adults, but with more severe complications in pregnant women and young children. It’s linked to microcephaly, a birth defect in which the brain doesn’t develop properly, which in rare cases can cause paralysis and death. Mosquitoes aren’t […]

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ProBeat: AI and quantum computing continue to collide

Depending on who you ask, quantum computing is here, not here, and both. A couple things this week reminded me that it doesn’t really matter whether you believe quantum-mechanical phenomena is going to change everything. The mere research into the field is already impacting technology across the board. Binary digits (bits) are the basic units […]

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Node.js and JS foundations are merging to form OpenJS

The Linux Foundation today unveiled several major collaborative partnerships as it looks to cement the development of various open source projects that power much of the web. First off, the Node.js Foundation and the JS Foundation, which the Linux Foundation launched in 2016, are merging to form the OpenJS Foundation. The merger between the two […]

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Amy Webb’s ‘The Big Nine’ predicts the impact of AI and tech giants over the next 50 years

The year is 2023, and Google, Microsoft, and other influential AI companies join an international coalition of businesses and democratic governments to declare AI a public good. Using China’s AI strategy as motivation, teachers preparing people for an automated future are paid more, and federal funding for AI projects grows so big it relieves the […]

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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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