IBM stories

IBM's always been looking out for the best interests of humanity, even when its robots school us at Jeopardy. A patent granted to IBM just a few weeks ago outlines a system they're working on for tying financial incentives in with healthy habits, such that eating well and getting exercise might actually pay off with real money.
The age of flash memory might be nearing a close even before those sexy SSDs really hit the mainstream market, as IBM has just announced that they've figured out a way to make phase-change memory a commercial reality within five years. What's in it for you? Well, how does accessing your data about a hundred times faster sound?
50 years ago today, Alan Shepard, America's first astronaut, and the then-newly-formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration (or NASA to you and me) achieved an important milestone for the U.S. space program: America's first manned spaceflight. The effort is often talked about in terms of the people involved, or the spacecraft that made it possible. Alan Shepard, for instance, is rightfully regarded as a national hero, and the humble Redstone rocket that carried him into sub-orbit is an iconic reminder of that first flight. There's a crucial component that also played a massive role, however, a young technology at the time that rarely gets its due considering how important it was: the computer.