Building an open seamless science cloud

A Q&A with Ezra Silvera Ezra Silvera is an IBM researcher who has been tackling the challenge of massive scale data in the cloud’s virtual machines for over a decade. In plain English, he tries to get groups of computers to work together as one virtual machine, and process petabytes of data, without anyone knowing […]

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Designing new materials with data-centric systems

For decades, researchers have used high performance computing (HPC) to simulate systems at ever-growing speeds and scales. Recently, the design of HPC systems has started to evolve to handle and exploit the vast amounts of data now produced by both models and real-world data-sources, a paradigm IBM calls Data-Centric Computing (DCS). DCS provides a flexible […]

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Building a “Frictionless” Network of Exchange in China Using IBM Blockchain

At IBM Research – China, the idea of enterprise blockchain is spreading rapidly among scientists, as we try taking the technology behind bitcoin to the next level with industry applications and transformations. The blockchain concept is about creating trust amongst multiple parties. In the same way the internet transformed the distribution of information, blockchain can […]

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TJBot’s World Tour: Getting Built and Making Friends

TJBot — a DIY kit to build a programmable AI cardboard robot powered by Watson — made his debut at the Watson Developer Conference less than two months ago, but already he’s been laser cut and 3D printed at locations spanning South Africa, Kenya, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Pakistan, Canada and Hong Kong. We’ve had interest […]

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The brain’s architecture, efficiency… on a chip

2016 was a big year for brain-inspired computing. My team and I proved in our paper “Convolutional networks for fast, energy-efficient neuromorphic computing” that the value of this breakthrough is that it can perform neural network inference at unprecedented ultra-low energy consumption. Simply stated, our TrueNorth chip’s non-von Neumann architecture mimics the brain’s neural architecture […]

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Advancing Visual Recognition and Unlocking Data in Plain Sight

The past decade has been defined by an unprecedented amount of visual content humans have been able to generate – from social media, to entertainment and manufacturing, to even the satellites circling earth from high above the buzz of daily life. With recent advancements in cognitive technologies like large-scale deep learning and semantic-facet based visual […]

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Students Live the Quantum Experience at IBM’s Swiss Lab

“The IBM Quantum Experience will make it easier for researchers and the scientific community to accelerate innovations in the quantum field, and help discover new applications for this technology,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director at IBM Research in May, when the company announced public access, via the cloud, to its 5 qubit processor. […]

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Futurism, forecasting, and getting real about fake news

A Q&A with Futurist Amy Webb On December 6 and 7, academics, medical professionals, even professional humorists, among others shared their expertise and vision for how technology is changing the world, and how we live in that world, at the Future Today Summit. Founder and CEO of the Future Today Institute Amy Webb, who is […]

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Machine Learning on the Cloud and the Search for E.T.

Maybe E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial would have made it home faster if cloud computing was readily available in 1982. For those of you too young to know, E.T., the loveable alien in the blockbuster movie of the same name, was stranded on Earth after being abandoned its interstellar botanist colleagues. Eventually, E.T. is found in a […]

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Building cognitive IoT solutions using data assimilation

How can we predict, with certainty, the motion or direction of clouds in the sky? How can we track an oil spill in the ocean, locate a gas leak in a city, or identify an arterial blockage in our bodies? Data assimilation methods can be used across a range of cognitive IoT applications to do […]

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Cognitive machines assist independent living as we age

We’ve all had that so-called “senior moment.” Leaving your wallet at a restaurant. Forgetting where you put your house key. Or maybe it’s physical, like no longer being able to take the stairs up to your office at work. As we age, mental and physical challenges do creep up. And we need assistance to stay […]

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Advancing toward 7nm

This is the fourth of a four-part series about IBM featured papers at IEDM 2016. The annual International Electron Devices Meeting is “the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of semiconductor and electronic device technology, design, manufacturing, physics, and modeling.” So IBM researchers brought their scanning probe thermometer, their air spacer for […]

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