January 14, 2016

Jerry the Bear to the Rescue

During the holiday, it was no surprise that many children were excited to get a new teddy bear for Christmas. They’ve been a beloved and iconic symbol of childhood for years. However, in October at TED@IBM, many attendees were surprised to hear that a teddy bear actually has the power to fundamentally change the way […]

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January 12, 2016

Our Food Is Talking, but Are We Listening?

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal has three cartoon mascots named Snap, Crackle and Pop. They represent the sound Rice Krispies make once you pour milk on the cereal. This cereal has been “talking” to customers for decades, and still is today, but perhaps our attention to what it was saying has been a bit superficial. Dr. […]

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January 7, 2016

The Perfect Waste

In a perfect waste world, a bottle of water would not only quench your thirst, but when empty, also help build automobiles … or airplanes—fast, lightweight, fuel-economic, recyclable airplanes! I know what you’re thinking: IBM has water bottle cars and airplanes? No, neither will appear on the IBM 2016 product inventory list, but finding new […]

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January 5, 2016

Let Go of Your Ego – TED@IBM 2015

In his TED@IBM 2015 talk, “Why young people today hold more power than ever before,” Jared Kleinert starts with examples of millennials who have achieved remarkable success at a young age. From the teenager who found a much faster, cheaper way to detect pancreatic cancer to the 20-year-old who started a news delivery company that […]

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December 18, 2015

Personal Data Kept … Personal

As an adult, I realize that when I get online to read the news, visit social networks, or shop, my personal and financial information is out there. I’ve always thought that it’s just a reality of our times. However, when I was notified that someone was trying to open an account in my seven-year-old daughter’s […]

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December 15, 2015

Make ‘Em Laugh – The Cognitive Way

A good sense of humor is like a super power. Making people laugh or having the confidence to laugh at yourself will get you out of all kinds of scrapes and maybe earn you a few friends along the way. Vinith Misra recognizes humor as one of the most essential elements in healthy relationships. But […]

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December 10, 2015

Water Is Life – Urgent Lessons from TED@IBM

“Maji ni maisha,” is Swahili for “water is life.” It’s also how Kala Fleming started her talk about how to better manage one of the planet’s most precious and increasingly scarce resources—water. In her courageous and mesmerizing talk, Kala deconstructed stereotypes, chief among them the tired narrative that the continent of Africa lacks water. Africa […]

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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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November 10, 2015

How Financial Inclusion Will Transform Africa – TED@IBM 2015

Maybe you’ve read reports in western media of the 21st century being the “Chinese Century.” After watching Eric Mibuari’s TED@IBM 2015 talk, “Toward Financial Inclusion in Africa Using Mobile and Social Data,” the feeling I came away with is that it’s not difficult to see how this century or the next could become the African […]

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