Cognitive Computing

By Tim Powers on December 28, 2016

IBM Accessibility at CES 2017

At CES 2017, IBM Accessibility Research, Local Motors and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation will be sharing how autonomous vehicles will help people with disabilities and the world’s growing aging population remain independent and self-sufficient for as long as possible Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist and CEO of Starfish Media Group, this session […]

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By Ram (P G) Ramachandran on September 21, 2016

Simplifying Content for People with Cognitive Disabilities

by PG Ramachandran and Will Scott IBM has announced the IBM AbilityLab™ Content Clarifier, which is designed to help simplify, summarize, and enhance content in order to increase comprehension for people with cognitive disabilities, the aging population, or those learning English as a second language. Content Clarifier, an Application Programming Interface (API) built using IBM Watson […]

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By Nicola Palmarini on September 6, 2016

Rethinking How Technology Can Improve the Quality of Life of our Aging Population

by Nicola Palmarini and Sheila Zinck According to the United Nations, more than one out of five people will be age 60 or older by 2050. If the explosion of mobile connectivity was the biggest technology shift of the early 21st century, the worldwide aging population is the biggest demographic shift – one with the […]

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By Shunguo Yan on June 6, 2016

Improving Cognitive Computing with Human Interaction

With the advent of cognitive computing, two interesting questions arise: What role do humans play in the new era? How can a computer and humans work together to develop mutual trust to help solve the world’s most complicated problems? The true potential of a cognitive system is its powerful data analytics and statistical reasoning. However, […]

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By Tim Powers on April 15, 2016

Running on Accessibility

Erich Manser trains IBM designers and developers about the importance of not cutting corners when it comes to accessibility and inclusion in the creation of new solutions. He takes the same approach when training for one of his favorite passions… marathons. In this case, Manser has literally learned the importance of staying in, or on, […]

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By Kathleen Delgado on March 21, 2016

Outthinking Dementia

I first realized it the day my father asked me which number came between 3 and 5. He had been living alone for a while in another state and I only saw him a few times a year, but while speaking to him on the phone it became more evident after he would repeatedly ask […]

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By Susann Keohane on March 11, 2016

Aging and the Internet of Caring Things

We’re getting old and living longer. Most Americans, in fact, want to live to be 100. In many countries, there are more elderly people than children for the first time in history. This is creating a societal crisis as many countries face the challenge of supporting an aging population with increasing costs of healthcare and […]

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By Frances West on January 6, 2016

Age and Ability in the Cognitive Era

Our parents and grandparents represent one of the most complex societal and economic challenges facing nations as they struggle with increasing costs of healthcare and decreasing numbers of caregivers. People aged 60 and older currently make up approximately 12 percent of the global population, and by 2050, that number will rise to almost 22 percent, […]

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By Jacqueline Saenz -Carter on December 3, 2015

The True Meaning of Accessibility

Have you ever stopped to consider when or why things like braille were invented? Or how braille and audio books open up the world of reading to the visually impaired? Many of us rarely give it a thought. But to Chieko Asakawa, considering questions like this is her life’s passion, and it carries into her […]

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