New technologies like cognitive and blockchain are transforming all kinds of businesses around the world - and right here in New Zealand. Here's how.

Michael Aaron, IBM's head of blockchain for Australia and New Zealand, says blockchain gives kiwi businesses the ability to track food provenance from the paddock to the plate, enabling them to successfully compete in international markets where food safety is hugely important. 

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Westpac NZ is delivering a better customer experience through IBM Watson Explorer technology; creating a personalised online banking platform across all devices. Westpac NZ together with IBM technology is able provide customers with a complete view of their banking needs, including a timeline view of their data and transactions. With the help of this technology, Westpac NZ is able to provide customers with a comprehensive service.

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Introducing the Cognitive Collection

Fashion designer Jason Grech leveraged Watson insights to create 12 dresses for the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Opening Gala Runway. The Cognitive Collection is an exploration into unconventional design. Jason has used cognitive solutions to understand, reason and learn from hundreds of thousands of images to design the collection. From more than ten years of fashion archives and social posts and conversations, Jason has worked with IBM Watson to inspire a fashion collection that sets next season’s trend.

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New Zealand is home to one of the world's largest melanoma screening programmes - MoleMap New Zealand. IBM Research and MoleMap have a research agreement to help further advance the identification of melanoma using cognitive technology.

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How cognitive could help companies respond to cyber attacks

The state of cybersecurity is at an inflection point. As the volume and sophistication of threats grow exponentially, security operations teams struggle to stay abreast using traditional approaches. At the same time, many organisations are faced with a lack of security experts with the right skills. These different stresses make it difficult for organisations to maintain the digital ‘immune systems’ they need to protect themselves, and to respond to threats quickly and efficiently.

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Deakin University becomes the world’s first education institution to provide future leaders with a personalised dashboard.

Deakin University is the first education institution in the world to use IBM Watson technology to deliver an online, one-stop shop for prospective and current students to access personalised, accurate and immediate information on university tools and course information. How can Watson deliver intuitive information?

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How to make a cognitive dress with Marchesa + IBM Watson.

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How are Woodside employees using technology to make better decisions?

How do you share 30 years of knowledge and historical data within a matter of seconds; not days? With the help of IBM Watson, employees at Woodside are now able to instantly access lessons learned and best practice models, making them better equipped to make decisions based on informed and accurate insights. IBM Watson is helping Woodside outthink their competition. How?

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Technology has helped us go further, go faster and solve problems previous generations could not imagine. But with all of this, traditional technology solutions still lack a human element. As people, we were not designed to stare at a tiny screen and swipe away just to carry out everyday tasks. We can talk, listen, see and understand. We have common sense and emotions. Isn’t it time for the technology we use to reflect this?

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