South Africa

New IBM Research App Shines a Light on Solar Energy for Africa

More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live off the energy grid and 80 percent of Africa is un-electrified, according to the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). Similar to how Africa has leapt over telephone lines directly to mobile phones and are jumping over physical money to digital, the continent also has […]

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Interactive supervision with TensorBoard

Rather than spending a month figuring out an unsupervised machine learning problem, just label some data for a week and train a classifier — Richard Socher (Chief Data Scientist, Salesforce) in 2017. The TensorBoard projector features t-distributed Stochastic Neighborhood Embedding (t-SNE) for visualizing high-dimensional datasets, since it is a well-balanced dimensionality reduction algorithm that requires no labels […]

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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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Tracking tuberculosis in South Africa

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 80 percent of the South African population has latent Tuberculosis (TB), with about 450,000 active TB cases in 2013 alone. Last year, TB deaths overtook those of HIV/AIDS, making it the world’s deadliest infectious disease. A significant number of infectious TB cases (about 37.5{ccf696850f4de51e8cea028aa388d2d2d2eef894571ad33a4aa3b26b43009887} globally) go undetected and […]

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Ryerson looks to expand collaborations in Africa with IBM

Several weeks ago IBM officially switched on the “open for business” sign at its research lab in Johannesburg, South Africa with a grand opening event. More than 150 guests were treated to a tour of the lab which included demos showing how IBM scientists are using cognitive computing, the Internet of Things and Big Data to support […]

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