It's handy to check the traffic before you head off to work in the morning, but most people don't get all of the relevant info they need in time to do anything about it. IBM has developed a predictive traffic app that learns your commute and can tell you whether to make a break for it, take the train instead, or just go back to bed until things clear up.
Now that IBM's Watson supercomputer has proved itself to be better than humans at Jeopardy, it's time to put it to work in a more productive setting: the healthcare industry.
IBM isn't a name that you hear being kicked around very regularly these days, at least not in the consumer market, but they have a long and rich history of enabling many of the technologies that you know and love. This documentary covers IBM's culture, some of their past highlights, and their future. If you like tech, it's a must-see.
We've been following IBM's Jeopardy!-playing computer, Watson, for quite a while now, and the big day is coming up where Watson will take on flesh and blood champions in a full-blown Jeopardy! game. A demo round took place today, and it looks like the human contestants will definitely have their work cut out for them.
Watch your back, Ken Jennings: a supercomputer is gunning for your crown as the greatest Jeopardy player ever. And it'll have its chance in February. (It's about time, too.)
Every year, IBM decides what five technologies it thinks are going to make it big in the next five years, based on their research and emerging trends. Some of it is dull and more or less already here, but some of it - like walking holograms - is crazy and awesome.
You know the Bat Computer, Batman's machine that can answer any question? Well, IBM has been working on developing something like it for well on three years now, and now the company feels that the machine is nearly ready for prime time. Literally — called "Watson," the Q&A supercomputer is scheduled to appear on Jeopardy! this fall.
There's some weird science going down at IBM: namely, ditching the copper that facilities electrical signals for information exchange on circuitry and replacing it instead with chips that can communicate using pulses of light. The whole shebang is called a...
Seeing this modem from 1964 inspires a weird sense of envy, even if it is as slow as molasses. My wireless router looks cool and all, but it didn't come in a hand-carved box with dovetail joints, brass buckles, leather...
IBM is no stranger to trumping humans at their own game. Back in '97, IBM supercomputer Deep Blue beat chess champion Garry Kasparov (though Kasparov cried fowl and managed a draw against the machine later). Now DeepQA, the company's question...