Laying the Foundation of Africa’s High-Tech Future

Africa is currently experiencing an economic upswing raising incomes and the standard of living for millions across the continent. However, as with previous African boom periods, this growth is predominantly based on the sale of natural resources and commodities making it vulnerable to fluctuations in global demand. As I write this, the currencies of many […]

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Manipal, First Hospital in India to Adopt IBM Watson

As a doctor in India I have a unique perspective of the pressures building within the healthcare system of this country. For starters, a dwindling of physicians is being met with a rise in patient populations. Today, there is one oncologist for every 1,600 cancer patients – and with rising rates of cancer around the […]

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Applying Cognitive, Big Data Analytics to Thwart Fraud

A few weeks ago, in Washington, D.C., I had the privilege of moderating a MeriTalk panel, “I Spy Fraud – Before it Happens,” where we delved into the ongoing battle against fraud. But just prior to the discussion,  US Government Accountability Office Assistant Director Linda Miller, said something interesting. She said, the traditional approach to […]

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Ushering In a Renaissance In Governments

Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. Early adopters in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from the innovative technology. Cognitive systems are helping governments navigate complex operations and foster better engagement with constituents. The technology’s potential to […]

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Introducing a Universal Translator for Big Data and Machine Learning

Anybody who travels to a foreign country or reads a book or newspaper written in a language they don’t speak understands the value of a good translation. Yet, in the realm of Big Data, application developers face huge challenges when combining information from different sources and when deploying data-heavy applications to different types of computers. […]

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Breakthrough Polymer Could Lead to Endlessly Recyclable Plastics

IBM Research Scientist Jamie Garcia, who MIT recently named a 2015 “Innovator Under 35” for her work in polymers, recently told an EmTech audience how her “chance discovery sparked a quest for plastics that are both strong and recyclable.” The chemistry PhD hopes that the properties of these new polymers lead to longer-lasting, more-durable, even […]

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