Cognitive Computing

IBM’s African Scientists Look to Tackle the Continent’s Pressing Healthcare Challenges with AI

A majority of African countries still have fewer than one doctor for every one thousand people, and with the African population expected reach 1.6 billion by 2030, up from 1 billion in 2010, this is not just problematic, but catastrophic. Just as alarming is that the World Health Organization projects that by 2020 the burden […]

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Progress in IBM & Hartree Collaboration Reduces Physical Prototype Testing, Protects Crops from Pests and Improves Mobile Phone Coverage

More than 24 months ago, IBM and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre set an ambitious goal for themselves — enable UK businesses to use modelling, simulation and Big Data Analytics on real problems to develop better products and services that will boost productivity, drive growth, increase UK competitiveness and create jobs. […]

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IBM Scientists Demonstrate In-memory Computing with 1 Million Devices for Applications in AI

“In-memory computing” or “computational memory” is an emerging concept that uses the physical properties of memory devices for both storing and processing information. This is counter to current von Neumann systems and devices, such as standard desktop computers, laptops and even cellphones, which shuttle data back and forth between memory and the computing unit, thus […]

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IoT neurons go macro, go global with DyBM

Imagine covering the globe with a sheet of artificial, internet-enabled neurons. And these Internet of Things (IoT) neurons could send their local information to other neurons just like the synapses in our brains. For example, a ground temperature neuron at one location gets collected and shared with air quality neurons, and vice versa. This spatio-temporal […]

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Hacking an e-bike to help cyclists avoid breathing in polluted air

Everyone knows that cycling is an excellent aerobic sport, but its benefits are less clear when cyclists are riding and exposed to polluted air in dense urban environments. But what if a cognitive technology could help by decreasing the amount of pollution they breathe in? A project led by Professors David Timoney and Professor Robert […]

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IBM Scientists and Designers Mentor Start-Ups on Mandela Day in Jo’burg

Since 2009, on 18 July the world recognizes Mandela Day, to honor Nelson Mandela on his birthday. Part of Mandela’s huge legacy includes community service and volunteerism and IBM’s newest research lab in Johannesburg did its part to contribute with local start-ups. A few weeks ago IBM scientists and local design consultants spent the day […]

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IBM Research achieves record deep learning performance with new software technology

IBM Research publishes close to ideal scaling with new distributed deep learning software which achieved record communication overhead.

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Cognitive AR to give you superhero vision

The other day my son asked me to explain what I do at work. I told him that our team builds technology that can answer your questions just by pointing your phone at what you’re trying to fix or understand. The augmented reality we’re developing will know what it is, and what to do – […]

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IBM demos event-based gesture recognition using a brain-inspired chip at CVPR 2017

Event-based computation is a biologically-inspired paradigm for representing data as asynchronous events, much like neuron spikes in the brain. The Brain-Inspired Computing group at IBM Research – Almaden has built the first gesture-recognition system implemented end-to-end on event-based hardware. Combining the IBM TrueNorth neurosynaptic processor with an iniLabs Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS), we trained a […]

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IBM Research at CVPR 2017: Helping AI systems to see with computer vision

This week IBM Research will be participating at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in Honolulu, Hawaii from July 21 –25. As a major computer vision event, it’s a place for researchers, academics, students, and even investors to learn about the latest advances in the field. IBM’s presence this year includes multiple […]

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Grad student wins IBM Fellowship to Mimic Brain Architecture

S. R. Nandakumar, a graduate student in electrical engineering, has won a coveted IBM Ph.D. fellowship to support his work on computer systems that mimic the architecture of the human brain. He is currently interning at IBM’s Zurich Lab and we had the chance to ask him a few questions. Q. Last August IBM scientists published […]

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Using distributed learning to boost Watson’s Visual IQ

Quantity matters when training computers to accurately recognize what’s in an image. The more they see, the more they learn. But, training new visual recognition models from a large number of images using deep learning can quickly become a bottleneck, especially for cloud environments that use commodity hardware and GPUs. Commodity machines with an average […]

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