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Thomas Marckx, Co-founder & Solutions Architect, TheLedger

Fireside chat at THINK 2018 with Thomas Marckx, Co-founder & Solutions Architect, TheLedger — moderated by Robert Schwartz, Global Leader of Agency Services, IBM iX. Subscribe to IBM thinkLeaders! Learn more about IBM iX

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Think Conference Wrap Up: Incumbents Strike Back

Our first ever Think Conference has come and gone, and I continue to be energized and excited by the insights shared at this global meeting of the minds. There are so many technologies and disruptions at work in our economy, and this year’s Think touched on all of them, from the Cloud to Blockchain, to […]

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SXSW Takeaways: AI Will Allow for More Creativity, Not Less

This year at SXSW, Artificial Intelligence was predictably a recurring theme. There were dozens of panels on the subject of AI and its infinite applications. The technology is infiltrating every industry so quickly, one can’t help but feel we are on the verge of a fundamental shift, akin to the Web 2.0 revolution, or even […]

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Map Tech Matters

By any standard, 2017 was a terrible year for natural disasters in the United States. Hurricanes in Texas and Puerto Rico. Wildfires and mudslides in California. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2017 was the most expensive year on record for natural disasters. Beyond the U.S., global floods, heatwaves, and other extreme weather […]

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Think that machine learning requires tons of data? Think again.

Bread is surprisingly simple, and surprisingly complex. There are only three basic ingredients – flour, water, yeast—but there are loads of ways to combine them. Machine learning is a bit like baking bread. Traditionally, the most important ingredient has been real-world data. You need to have lots of examples to teach a computer how to […]

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Taking Tech Branding Beyond the Cliché

Clichés in the branding of new technology have become so familiar that their purveyors are ripe for parody, even outside the insular world of tech. But it’s still possible for emerging and established brands to find a unique language amidst the babble—and even to enjoy the process. Just ask the team at Aperto, a Berlin-based […]

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thinkPod: Nolan Bauerle, Director of Research at CoinDesk

In this episode, Amanda Thurston, Marketing Services Leader at IBM iX, sits with Nolan Bauerle, Director of Research at CoinDesk. They discuss the history of cryptography, blockchain use cases, and the importance of patience in this rising ecosystem.

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What Is the Future of Mental Health Technology?

We hear a lot about the adverse impact of technology on our mental wellbeing, but several new tech projects aim to prove that virtual simulations and robotics, for example, can be used to actually improve health and wellness. The burgeoning field of mental health tech is aimed at improving user wellbeing, with apps and technologies […]

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Why is VRChat so popular, and what’s it mean for the future of virtual reality?

There are precisely three things to do in the social VR app called VRChat. You can build a room. You can create an avatar to exist within that room and those created by others. Finally, you can take on the persona of this character and talk to other avatars. Apart from a few minigames, there […]

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Three Ways Metalearning Will Change the Face of Artificial Intelligence

If you were going purely off of what is depicted in movies and television shows, you’d think that using AI was an extremely streamlined process. Got a problem? Just push a few buttons or simply say what you want to your computer—and a few moments later the AI will have the issue resolved. The reality […]

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How Funny Should a Chatbot Be?

Question: Why do scuba divers always fall backwards out of the boat? Answer: If they fell forward they would still still be in the boat. Ba dum tsh. This dad joke comes courtesy of Microsoft’s Cortana. Chatbots, just like dads, want to be funny. As chatbots and other conversational interfaces become a part of our […]

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Holiday Inn Is Showing How VR Can Boost the Hospitality Industry

When Holiday Inn figured out how to build a sample room in a shipping container for trade shows, it was a win. Instead of building a sample room from scratch for each event, then tearing it down and donating the furniture, the hotel brand could now have the room picked up and delivered to the […]

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