Cognitive Computing

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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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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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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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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IBM Researchers Bring AI to Radiology at RSNA 2016

“When my father was misdiagnosed and administered the wrong medication placing him in a coma nearly 20 years ago, I saw firsthand the need for technology to help physicians make accurate decisions,” said Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of the Medical Sieve Radiology Grand Challenge Project at IBM Research – Almaden in San […]

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Hear like a bat

Dynamic artificial bat ears enrich speech signals Bats use biosonar to navigate their night flights through jungles and forests. Their system of ultrasonic pulses can pinpoint sound more precisely than man-made technical sonar. To replicate these capabilities, Prof. Rolf Müller, an IBM Faculty Award winner, and his team at Virginia Tech designed artificial bat ears […]

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Pathologists Look Forward to a Future with Deep Learning and Neural Networks

Deep learning and neural networks are making significant progress in identifying cancer mitosis. A critical step in the diagnosis of cancer is the analysis of a patient’s biopsy tissue sample, which sometimes can be as small as a pinhead. Even with such a small sample, pathologists can test for the absence or presence of tumor cells […]

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Audio analytics: The sounds of systems

Have you called a family member or friend on the phone and within just a couple of words they know exactly who you are and what you are planning to talk about? It is one of those simple yet rewarding pleasures. And yet, when we call and speak with a computer at an automated customer […]

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Putting the “AI” in PowerAI

A Q&A with IBM Research’s Hillery Hunter IBM’s latest Power servers come with an AI twist. Optimized for deep learning, a new so-called PowerAI toolkit will “help train the systems to think and learn in a more human-like way, at a faster pace,” as announced at SC16, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, […]

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