Quantum logic and entanglement
Where does computing go after transistors shrink to atomic dimensions? Quantum computing. Qubits. Carbon nanotubes. IBM Research’s Dario Gil describes a future that makes us want to get there fast.
How to squeeze billions of transistors onto a computer chip
For decades, the number of transistors studding integrated circuit chips has doubled every two years. But some say Moore’s Law has reached its limits. Mukesh Khare, responsible for semiconductor research at IBM disagrees.
For a successful workforce, look beyond the resume
Why does one movie concession worker sell more popcorn than others? IBM’s Debbie Landers explains how analytics, behavioral science and analyses combine to create a smarter, more dedicated and safer workforce.
Railroads chug down the smart track
No longer a smokestack industry, railroads have embraced 21st century technology and gotten smarter in operations, safety and service. Keith Dierkx, IBM’s global leader for railroads, explains what’s happened and future possibilities for a network that moves 40 percent of U.S. freight.
Perform good deeds with your idle bytes
World Community Grid uses the downtime of thousands of personal computing devices for research that fights diseases and betters the environment. IBM’s Sophia Tu explains how it works and how easy it is to join the project.
Tiny sentries to watch over food
David Chambliss is part of a team working on a new approach to food safety. The goal of the multi-year project is to have microbes, some of the very organisms behind many food-borne illnesses, become tiny sentries in the battle for food safety.
Cloud forces business to rethink security
Cloud computing opens up new security issues, but it’s also engaged in securing those issues as well as security problems outside of the cloud. IBM security specialist Nataraj (Raj) Nagaratnam explains how that works and more.
The unseen evolution of the smarter city
Cities have been using information technology to improve everything from water management to public safety. Now, explains Michael Dixon, IBM general manager for smarter cities, they are doing more with their technology — and each other.
Super potential for super power
Graphene, only one atom thick, has lots of amazing properties. But many are proving elusive for real-world applications. Shu-jen Han, an IBM researcher, tells how his team has demonstrated a graphene circuit that could vastly improve cell phones.
Working with more than gut instinct
As data grows exponentially, gut instinct is no longer enough for good decisions. Brenda Dietrich, an IBM Fellow and vice president, talks about how analytics is helping to make decisions in almost all aspects of modern business.
Watson cooks up computational creativity
The cognitive computing system Watson went to work developing new recipes. But its contributions won’t stop with food. Lead software engineer Florian Pinel says “computational creativity” can be applied to such diverse industries as travel, financial management and manufacturing.
From features-first to user-first
Customer expectations for technology have changed drastically, and satisfying a list of desired features is no longer enough to gain loyal customers. Phil Gilbert, general manager of IBM Design, says everyone in the development process should make the user their "north star."
Opening up the world to everyone
As computers and the Internet become central to daily life, the need for accessibility becomes increasingly important. IBM Fellow and research scientist Chieko Asakawa, herself blind since the age of 14, talks about this vital need.
I’ll take ‘Business and Medicine,’ Alex
Two years after its resounding victory on Jeopardy! the cognitive computer Watson is helping cancer researchers and engaging customers in new ways. Rob High, an IBM Fellow, vice president and chief technology officer for Watson, relates the details.
Rajasekar Krishnamurthy on finding water’s real cost
A global backlog of $1 trillion worth of water projects is held up in part because of the challenge of determining the real cost of water in a given area. Rajasekar Krishnamurthy explains how the Water Cost Index fills that gap and facilitates financing.
How can we put ‘A Boy and His Atom” to work?
Being able to move individual atoms and switch their magnetic polarity holds great promise for increased computer efficiency and storage, says IBM staff scientist Chris Lutz.
Matt Berry talks about the growth of mobile technology
Mobile technology is already transforming the way we work, shop and socialize. Soon connected devices will outnumber Earth’s population. Matt Berry, director, Demand Generation and Client Experience for IBM MobileFirst, tells what else to expect.
Dario Gil on smarter energy
Just how broad is the term “smarter energy?” Dario Gil, director of energy and natural resources at IBM Research, explains. It encompasses smart grids that give new versatility to electricity distribution, the emergence of electric vehicles, new ways to find and extract oil and natural gas.
David Puzas on preserving reputations
When information technology fails or suffers a security breach, it can cripple production, sales or even accounts payable. But David Puzas, IBM’s worldwide marketing executive for enterprise and workplace services, says it can also eviscerate a company’s long-term reputation.
Guru Banavar on smarter cities
Already home to more than half the world’s population, cities will house almost 5 billion people by 2030. Guru Banavar, IBM vice president and chief technology officer for the Global Public Sector, works to make urban areas more efficient, safer and easier to navigate.
Sara Weber on social business
Social media is a growing force in the business world. Sara Weber, who heads a team that uses emerging technologies to improve productivity, sees a future that will help colleagues collaborate, and companies build closer ties to their customers.
Chris Dotson on the cloud
The cloud is already ubiquitous, thanks to consumer apps like Facebook and Gmail, and it’s increasingly critical to business. Chris Dotson, senior technical staff member in the IBM CIO Security office, discusses the potential and security of the cloud.
Jeff Jonas on big data
What is big data, and what makes it different from regular data? How do organizations deal with it? Jeff Jonas, an IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of the IBM Entity Analytics Group, goes behind the buzz.