Cognitive Computing

The Road Not Taken: Computer-generated poetry

Roses are red, the grass is green. Here’s how poems can be written by a creative machine. Every year, millions of Chinese families gather to watch a special celebration known as the Spring Festival Gala. It is the most watched television show in the world. This year’s gala included a special online sideshow, during which China’s Central […]

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Joint program puts “cognitive” in chip manufacturing

Computer chips can fail in countless ways, from countless sources in the manufacturing process. Even with terabytes of sensor data pouring from the manufacturing equipment used to make them, there are still semiconductor lemons, depressing wafer yield, performance and reliability, which drives up manufacturing and speculative maintenance intervention costs. IBM and Tokyo Electron Limited (TELTM) […]

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IBM achieves new record in speech recognition

Depending on whom you ask, humans miss one to two words out of every 20 they hear. In a five-minute conversation, that could be as many 80 words. But, for most of us speech recognition isn’t a problem. Imagine, though, how difficult it is for a computer? Last year, IBM announced a major milestone in […]

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Watson’s detective work could help stop the silent thief of sight

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. The disease progresses very slowly and destroys vision gradually, starting with the side vision and narrowing over time.  It often remains undetected until irreversible eye sight is lost at later stages. It’s no surprise then, that glaucoma has earned a reputation as the silent thief of […]

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Of Big Brains and Tiny Devices: Here Comes the Internet of the Body

How does a gifted student in Switzerland in the 1980s apply his talents? On precision mechanics and watchmaking, of course. Before becoming the multifaceted scientist he is today, Bruno Michel started out as a watchmaking apprentice. But at the time the watch industry was facing a challenging period and its four-century dominance was coming to […]

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Realizing a barrier-free society

Field experiment at a busy shopping district in Tokyo Tokyo’s underground consists of miles of pedestrian walkways, extensive shopping arcades and a subway network. It stretches for hundreds of kilometers between more than 200 subway stations. Even with a map and a good sense of direction, it is not necessarily an easy place to navigate. […]

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IBM 5 in 5: Hyperimaging and AI will give us superhero vision

I have been an electronics enthusiast ever since I was in elementary school. To put together an electronic device that interacts with the physical world in some way has been my passion and I still remember the excitement I felt when I built my first circuit in 6th grade – even though it was simply […]

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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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Cracking the Cancer Code with Watson Genomics

Since the time of Egyptians building pyramids, we’ve known about the impact cancer has on humankind. It is the second leading cause of death in the US1, based on data from 2010 through 2012, nearly 40 percent of Americans will develop it in their lifetime; one in four men and one in five women are […]

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Calling all Makers: Meet TJBot!

IBM is a community of makers, creators and thinkers. By nature we’re a curious group of people – always asking questions about what’s next, and within my team, what else is possible with artificial intelligence. We love teaming up with others who are passionate about the possibilities of technology, whether it be inspiring a new […]

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Sowing the seeds of innovation in Silicon Valley

IBM Research celebrates 30 years in Almaden, CA Thirty years ago this week, IBM Research set up a lab on the rolling hills of Santa Teresa County Park in South San Jose, California. The exciting science news that year? Our colleagues Gerd Binning and Heinrich Rohrer, in Zurich, had just earned the Nobel Prize for […]

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The mechanisms of intelligence

Yasunori Yamada, a computational neuroscientist at IBM Research – Tokyo, has long been fascinated by human intelligence, consciousness and robots. “We humans can learn autonomously, behave flexibly, and exploit and adapt to an environment. But understanding the mechanisms of intelligence is no easy task,” Yasunori said. When Yasunori was in high school, he discovered Franz […]

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