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Fast forward
For centuries, global trade has been the single greatest creator of wealth in human history and market friction the greatest obstacle to wealth. Blockchain technology –which creates a permanent and transparent record of transactions –has the potential to obviate intractable frictions across industries. Following our June 2016 cross-industry report, “Fast forward,” the IBM Institute for Business Value, supported by the Economist Intelligence Unit, conducted a global survey of over 1,000 executives in banking, financial markets, healthcare, government, electronics, supply chain and IoT. Read insights below on how business networks in your industry will be transformed and how to approach blockchain solutions.
Rethinking enterprises, ecosystems and economies with blockchains
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Oncologists can find more targeted cancer treatment options.
No doctor can keep up with the onrush of oncology studies published every week, much less determine which apply to each patient. But Watson can. Trained for 15,000 hours by specialists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Watson has ingested nearly 15 million pages from relevant journals and textbooks and continues to expand its knowledge. This expertise is now flowing around the world and informs evidence-based treatment options for clinicians serving patients globally. Sites include six Manipal Hospitals in India, Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Jupiter Medical Center in Florida and Svet zdravia’s network of 16 hospitals in Slovakia and Central and Eastern Europe–and soon across China. Elsewhere, in trials at the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Watson suggested potential treatment options that the tumor board hadn’t considered in one third of cases. In addition, doctors are better able to understand their patients’ unique needs, right down to the genetic level. Watson for Genomics absorbs 10,000 new medical articles and details from 100 clinical trials every month. It applies what it learns to suggest highly targeted therapies for each patient’s individual cancer based on its understanding of a tumor’s molecular profile, allowing doctors to provide more personalized treatment for their patients. This powerful new tool is helping even those patients who cannot travel to a specialized medical center. Through Quest Diagnostics, it is available to any oncologist in the United States, as an end-to-end solution. Illumina plans to integrate it with a tumor-sequencing workflow to provide oncologists cognitive information on-site.
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Radiologists can find secrets hidden in every image.
Radiologists review dozens of medical images for every patient they see—often hundreds in a day. Watson never gets eyestrain or momentarily distracted, and has been trained by researchers to rapidly analyze huge numbers of images and rank them for potential anomalies. Radiologists can then focus on the ones that matter and apply their expertise more quickly. Watson can also retrieve similar images from other cases for comparison to help doctors confirm or refine their diagnoses.
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Stadium Architects can create winning experiences for every fan.
With IBM, the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS’ Atlanta United are building the most technologically advanced stadium in the world. Set to open this summer, the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium will deliver personalized experiences for each attendee, while giving the stadium an entirely new feel depending on who’s on the field or on stage. And fans will be able to find the refreshment stands and bathrooms with the shortest lines.
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The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be the world’s most advanced.
Music Producers compose songs in the key of AI.
Grammy Award-winning Alex Da Kid created the first “cognitive song” to hit the top 10 on a Billboard chart. His inspiration came from understanding the emotional state of the world, thanks to Watson’s analysis of five years of natural language texts from sources as diverse as social media, The New York Times and United States Supreme Court rulings, as well as the lyrics to more than 26,000 Billboard Hot 100 hits.
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Alex Da Kid used data visualization for lyrical inspiration.