Big Data

The CDO: Helping to Harness the Power of Data

Data used to be viewed by businesses as exhaust — a necessary but relatively useless output of projects that became a nuisance to store and maintain. Advances in analytical, and more recently cognitive, technology have changed that mindset for good. Data is now an asset that can be applied to benefit all aspects of an […]

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Building Bridges with the Next Generation of Problem Solvers

As the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil recently drew to a close, one of the event’s most historic competitions came to mind: the marathon. The long hours, intense training, and laser focus leading up to the race look to be well worth the effort as each runner crossed the finish line and achieved a long-held […]

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Data Scientists Help Unlock the Value of Data in Business

The data scientist, a profession barely mentioned 10 years ago, has grown in importance to become among the most sought after in the United States. That’s because the volume of data organizations must contend with is so overwhelming it’s impossible to find the insights needed to make strategic decisions. A data scientist has the skills to analyze […]

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Tapping Technology to Take on Veterans’ Brain Injuries

I’m sensitive to the sacrifices made by wounded warriors because members of my family have served in practically every war the United States has fought going back to colonial times. My father was a P-38 fighter-bomber pilot over Europe in 1944 and suffered a serious brain trauma when one of the bombs from his plane […]

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IBM Health Corps: New Ideas for Solving the World’s Health Problems

Zithulele Hospital is a medical marvel. It provides quality acute and primary care for a community of 130,000 people scattered across part of the rural Eastern Cape of South Africa with just 146 beds and 13 fulltime doctors. Zithulele’s situation illustrates one of the major public health challenges in the world today: there aren’t enough […]

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Empowering Developers with Self-Service AI

We are witness to the most important and exciting technology shift in more than a generation – the dawn of the cognitive computing era. Cognitive systems, which are most fully realized in IBM’s Watson, can ingest and learn from a wide variety of data, reason over it, and then interact with people in ways that […]

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A New Direction for High Performance Computing

I first learned about IBM’s TrueNorth technology starting back in 2014, but it wasn’t until colleagues and I participated in a TrueNorth application development bootcamp last year that I understood its true potential. I am optimistic that this new neurosynaptic computing architecture, which is modeled on the way the brain works, could play an important […]

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A Data Revolution for Healthcare is Here

For many people today, health is something you think about when you go in for check-ups or treatments. Your doctor has your clinical history and runs tests, but her understanding of your health is basically limited to what happens and what you discuss while you are there. And somewhere you know that researchers are making […]

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Night Terror: Let’s Put the Spotlight on Sleep Health

It’s often said that sleep apnea is a silent killer, and, for my family, the side effects have been devastating. My father had triple-bypass surgery at age 38, later got vascular dementia, and died at age 62. His father died of heart disease in his 60s. My other grandfather died of a heart attack at […]

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A Critical Role for Hardware in the Era of Cognitive Business

In the last few months, I’ve witnessed the beginning of a sea change in the way people at the forefront of computer science think about the future of our field. Faculty members at universities are showing a keen interest in cognitive systems. And I’m not talking just about algorithms and software. They want to discuss […]

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How Predictive Analytics Helps Santos in Australia’s Outback

Santos is one of the largest natural gas and oil producers in the Asia-Pacific. It’s East Australian Business Unit operates more than 1000 wells and associated infrastructure scattered over thousands of square miles in Australia’s Cooper Basin, in Southern Australia. Faced with summer temperatures that can exceed 45 degrees Celsius, seasonal flooding events and long […]

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How Technology Levels the Playing Field for the Blind

Ever since Thomas Panek learned at age 20 that he would lose his eyesight due to a condition called retinal degeneration, he vowed that his disability would not prevent him from living a full life. “I wanted to do everything that sighted people do,” he says. He has not let himself down: In addition to […]

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