A year of big thinking: 10 ideas that mattered in 2018
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IBM Research predicted the future
Technological breakthroughs are reshaping business and society like never before. Over the next five years, AI, blockchain, new security methods and quantum computing can make oceans cleaner, transactions more secure and unsolvable problems more solvable. For IBM Research, it’s all about changing the way the world works — for the better.
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AI, blockchain, new security methods and quantum computing will reshape our world for the better →
Think 2018 got the world thinking
The inaugural Think conference offered a four-day immersion into the world’s most crucial technology. With visionary speakers, live demos and hands-on workshops, attendees explored the ways blockchain, AI, the cloud and other tech offer solutions for today’s biggest challenges. The conversation continues this February in San Francisco.
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The inaugural Think conference immersed attendees in crucial technology like blockchain, AI and cloud →
AI learned the art of debate
Project Debater is the first AI that can discuss complex topics with humans. It uses a corpus of 10 billion sentences to create fact-based arguments. Presently, it’s wowing audiences in formal debate settings, but it’s not hard to imagine its everyday potential. By removing bias and emotion, it can help reveal new points of view in almost any situation.
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Project Debater is the first AI that can discuss complex topics with humans in formal debate →
X-Force Ops Center
A cyber tactical operations center hit the road
IBM went mobile with a first-of-a-kind training, simulation and security operations center on wheels. The IBM X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center (C-TOC) offers an immersive experience — from capture-the-flag competitions to breach response exercises for an entire team. You’ve never seen training wheels like this.
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Security training on wheels
IBM introduced a first-of-a-kind, mobile immersive simulation and security operations center →
She can STEM. IBM made sure she knows it.
Girls who see women in STEM careers are more likely to go into those fields. That’s why IBM is working with the Ad Council and other major tech companies to showcase the achievements of role models like IBM Distinguished Engineer Lisa Seacat DeLuca. Because if we want girls to succeed in STEM, we have to show them what’s possible.
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Girls who see women in STEM careers are more likely to go into those fields →
Call for Code
Coders tackled global challenges
Now you can add coders to the heroes who fight natural disasters and provide survivor relief. The inaugural Call for Code Global Challenge invited developers to solve pressing global problems with sustainable software solutions. Teams from around the world volunteered their talents to effect real change with life-saving technology.
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Call for Code
Teams at the first Call for Code Global Challenge created life-saving software solutions for emergency situations →
Watson went to space
In November, the world’s first AI-enabled astronaut assistant went to work on the International Space Station. CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) used Watson technologies such as visual recognition, machine learning and natural language processing — accessed via the IBM Cloud — to recognize and banter with the crew.
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Watson in space
In a historic first, an AI-based astronaut assistant boarded the International Space Station →
Quantum expanded its fan base
Until recently, few people knew quantum computers existed, and even fewer expected to use one. Now, as of the end of 2018, the open IBM Q Experience has given more than 100,000 people access to quantum computing via the cloud, enabling them to learn, research and tackle problems beyond the reach of their traditional computers.
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More than 100,000 people are accessing the IBM Q Experience to exceed the limits of traditional computing →