There were quite a few commercial breaks at last night's Oscars, so I totally get it if you spaced out and missed the IBM Watson commercial starring Carrie Fisher.Read More
Earlier this month IBM announced #HackAHairDryer, a campaign designed to end the gender gap in tech by, you know, relating to the ladies on their level. The ladies did not take it well.Read More
Team Ken Jennings Forever.
Earlier this week, we told you that IBM's super-duper super-computer Watson might one day be able to treat cancer patients by analyzing their genes (something Ken Jennings can never hope to accomplish, sadly). But that's the possible future, and who cares about that? Let's focus on what we know Watson is capable of: kicking human butt on Jeopardy.Read More
I'll take "chemotherapy" for $400, Alex.
Today IBM announced a new program they're working on that will use Watson, their now infamous Jeopardy-playing supercomputer, to treat cancer patients by analyzing data from their genes. Yeah, let's see how you like it when robots start doing your jobs better than you, oncologists!Read More
Next maybe he'll have something to say about the blue screen of death.
The "three finger salute" of Control+Alt+Delete has been a part of Microsoft lore since it was first put into the Acorn computers in 1981 by developer David Bradley. It's also used to log in to Windows 7 and below, which annoys users to this day. Gates is real sorry about that, as it turns out.Read More
Sure, the Watson Supercomputer is pretty great at Jeopardy!, but IBM thinks it's time to branch out. They're going to be giving software developers access to Watson with a goal to "launch an ecosystem where Watson is a service and you build applications around it," said CEO Ginni Rometty. Could Watson soon challenge -- and probably dominate -- Siri?Read More
Here's a fun fact about IBM's research on storing data atom by atom -- sometimes, it gets really boring. Our latest evidence for this phenomenon is that the folks working on the project feel like making the world's tiniest stop-motion film is a better use of their time, and I'm not going to say that they're wrong. The result of their efforts at atomic animation is this short, A Boy and His Atom.Read More
Parrots and supercomputers are pretty similar despite one being a living organism and the other an artificial intelligence destined to subjugate the human race, especially when it comes to teaching them new things that they'll retain and repeat back verbatim. The Watson supercomputer, hailed at one point as perhaps the most sophisticated and intelligent piece of hardware known to man, more than proved this unlikely correlation when IBM scientist Eric Brown decided back in 2010 that what Watson needed more than anything was the kind of youthful street savvy that only the Urban Dictionary can deliver. If you've ever glanced through the pages of this compendium of modern slang, then you don't need to be a genius to figure out that Brown's good intentions didn't go over as well as he had expected.Read More
In their annual series of "5-in-5" predictions, IBM predicted that by 2018 computers will replicate all five human senses. Seems like one company doesn't want to wait that long. Adamant Technologies in San Fransisco is working to get the iPhone a sense of smell. One reason the company gives for doing this is to warn people when they have bad breath, but we'd love to see the technology used to prevent us from drunk dialing our exes.Read More
In their annual "5 in 5" series of predictions, IBM looks for trends in technology and where they will take us five years from now. In this year's installment, IBM predicts that computers will be able to replicate all five human senses by 2018. Computers that can understand the world the way we do would be a huge leap forward. It could also be really, really terrifying. Let's just accept our metal overlords and go about our business.Read More
For the first time in two years, the world's fastest supercomputer is here in the States. Knocking Fujitsu's K Computer (repping Japan) to second place, IBM's Sequoia is now the fastest computer on the face of the Earth, capable of calculating equations that would have taken three days for a 1993 supercomputer in less than a second. The unparalleled processing power of this beast is to be turned toward simulations that aim to extend the life of older nuclear weapons, helping to eliminate the need for actual tests.Read More
A lot of people say that the late Steve Jobs was ahead of his time. I will not dispute that, but I will say that this four-minute video of Apple goofing on IBM to the tune of the Ghostbusters theme song that was made in 1984 pretty much reeks of 1984. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Nope, not at all. It wasn't a commercial, it was made for a worldwide sales staff meeting for Apple employees and features both Jobs and Steve Wozniak in cameo roles. Not visible in this video: the neon legwarmers. (via Huffington Post)Read More
Today, scientists at IBM have announced that they've achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing that may allow engineers to start working on actual quantum computer prototypes in the near future. To put it another way, up until now, quantum computing has largely been concerned with questions like "What kind of crazy stuff could we do if we had one of these?" and now thanks to this breakthrough, it's barreling towards something more like "Okay, let's figure out how to put one of these together."Read More
Instead of attempting to shrink down existing forms of data storage, IBM took a gamble and started experimenting with building storage from the bottom up; it paid off. IBM has now figured out a way to store one bit of data in a mere twelve atoms, creating a form of data storage 2 orders of magnitude denser than some forms of conventional storage.Read More