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Mimicking Neurons With Math

Dr. Takayuki Osogami Artificial neural networks have long been studied with the hope of achieving a machine with the human capability to learn. Today’s attempts at artificial neural networks are built upon Hebb’s rule, which Dr. Donald Hebb proposed in 1949 as how neurons adjust the strength of their connections. Since Hebb, other “rules” of […]

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World’s Smallest Magazine Cover

To create more energy-efficient clouds and crunch Big Data faster, we need a new generation of technologies including novel transistors. But before we can put these future technologies into mass production, we need new techniques for prototyping below 30 nanometers—the size where prototyping becomes increasingly difficult. One nanometer is 80,000 times smaller than the diameter […]

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Helping customers before they call

by Francesco Calabrese, manager of Smarter Urban Dynamics, IBM Research-Ireland    As our smartphones get smarter, we’re using more Over-The-Top applications like WhatsApp, Viber or Skype, rather than our telco provider’s voice, and text. This downward trend means shrinking income for the telco, even though it’s estimated that data usage will grow beyond 20 exabytes […]

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Wickets, tweets, and a 3-D printer

by Josh Andres, User Experience, Design, Human Computer Interaction, IBM Research-Australia What do 3-D printing, Twitter, and the sport of cricket have in common? Probably not a whole lot to most people.  But IBM intern Rohit Ashok Khot and I have been experimenting with ways to explore the benefits of visualizing personalized sports summaries in […]

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IBM’s New Polymers Acclaimed for Use in 3-D Printing

  by Courtney Fox, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Carbon3D, Inc. Polymeric materials have become an integral part of our lifestyle over the last century. They’re made into an enormous range of products, from simple and inexpensive injection-molded toys and tchotchkes to super-strong bullet-proof vests and high-performance water-separation membranes. Recent enhancements in both chemical and computational capabilities […]

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Tachyon for ultra-fast Big Data processing

Editor’s note: This article is by cloud analytics infrastructure expert Gil Vernik, IBM Research-Haifa. Today’s massive growth in data sets means that storage is increasingly becoming a critical bottleneck for system workloads. My storage team in Haifa, Israel wants to analyze and understand these massive volumes of data, and we need to store them somewhere […]

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IBM z13 Technology and Design

Special Issue of the IBM Journal of Research and Development This special issue of the IBM Journal of Research and Development describes the innovations and technology in the IBM z13, the latest mainframe with significant new capabilities, along with enhanced capacity, security, data serving, virtualization, reliability, and robustness. This new system is specifically designed for […]

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Preserving Validity in Adaptive Data Analysis

Editor’s note: this article is by Vitaly Feldman, research scientist at IBM Research-Almaden From discovering new particles and clinical studies to predicting election results and evaluating credit scores, scientific progress and industrial innovation increasingly rely on statistical data analysis. While incredibly useful, data analysis is also notoriously easy to misuse, even when the analyst has […]

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New software can screen for ADHD by analyzing hand movement

In a recent hackathon at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a team of IBM Research scientists from Haifa won the top prize at the Brain Inspired Technology for Education (BITE) Hackathon for their application that screens for early indications of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The idea for an ADHD early identification app […]

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BBC News: “‘Telephone farmers’ reaping the benefits of agri-tech”

BBC reports IBM’s work in helping East African farmers.

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Self-assembling nano… whiskers?

by Dr. Frances Ross, materials scientist at IBM Research Dr. Frances Ross at the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center. Photo credit: Chris Ramirez for The New York Times “Whiskers” have been recorded in natural ores since the 1500s. These crystal formations indeed look like a cat’s whiskers, but function as wires. And since Bell […]

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Inclusive Technology is the New “IT”

by P. G. Ramachandran, program director, Advanced Technology, IBM Accessibility It’s been 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. Organizations should be creating a holistic strategy for embedding accessibility across the entire enterprise – from processes, to product development, to education and training. But it’s often still decentralized, and managed […]

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