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Artificial intelligence reduces perturbation and disturbance related to table d’hôte

The Falling Walls Festive Dinner of 2013 debuted the "artificial intelligence" menu planner from the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York City.

Note: In the spirit of creativity, I’ve written this blog post in the style of an academic article. It is clearly not a true academic article. However, all of the information is factual and based on interviews with attendees of the 2013 Falling Walls conference and the creator of the artificial intelligence menu planning system [...]

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Guest Blog

It’s Your Virtual Assistant, Doc. Who Is Watson?

Ever since IBM supercomputer Watson beat Jeopardy! champions Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings, there’s been a lot of talk about putting the computer’s question-and-answer capabilities to real applications. In addition to consuming massive amounts of information, the supercomputer has been trained to understand literary references, interpret linguistic nuance, generate hypotheses, perform analysis, and score its [...]

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Observations

Brain-Inspired Computing Reaches a New Milestone

One idea for neuromorphic computing is to integrate its capabilities into assistive glasses for the visually impaired that can help them navigate through complex environments, without the need for a wifi connection. Image courtesy of IBM.

For the past few years, tech companies and academic researchers have been trying to build so-called neuromorphic computer architectures—chips that mimic the human brain’s ability to be both analytical and intuitive in order to deliver context and meaning to large amounts of data. Now the leading effort to develop such a system has achieved a [...]

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Observations

Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer

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As computers have matured over time, the human brain has no way of keeping up with silicon’s rapid-fire calculating abilities. But the human cognitive repertoire extends far beyond just fast calculations. For that reason, researchers are still trying to develop computers that can recognize, interpret and act upon information—like the kind pulled in by eyes, [...]

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Observations

Paging Dr. Watson: IBM to apply Jeopardy! victor’s analytic skills to medical diagnoses

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The answer is: For its next assignment, this Jeopardy! champion will have to work on its bedside manner. If you replied, "What is Watson?" give yourself a round of applause. With last night’s big game show victory under its belt, IBM has its sights set on applying the high-performance computer’s advanced analytics capabilities to the [...]

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Observations

PET project: Using organic catalysts to make more biodegradable plastics

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Whereas most discarded plastic water and beverage bottles (those imprinted with a number 1 within a triangular arrow) can be recycled, the resulting second-generation plastic is generally unusable for making new plastic bottles. This is because the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoplastic polymer used to make the original bottles is often made with the help of [...]

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Observations

When universities and businesses collaborate, it’s “yours, mine and ours”

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NEW YORK—Academic research and corporate research and development would appear to mix as well as oil and water given their vastly different cultures and objectives. Yet collaborations among universities and businesses are crucial not only to making new discoveries but also to ensuring that breakthroughs in science and technology find their way to the people [...]

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World’s Smallest Stop Motion Movie Made with Atoms!

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A darling stop motion video was released yesterday and is already a big hit. IBM took the challenge of moving 5,000 atoms around in order to create a short stop motion video, capturing the images using a scanning tunneling microscope. How important is the scanning tunneling microscope in science? Half of the 1986 Nobel Prize [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

On TV, Ray Kurzweil Tells Me How to Build a Brain

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I recently interviewed author and inventor Ray Kurzweil about his new book, “How to Create A Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.” The 58-minute segment aired on December 1, 2 and 3 on the C-SPAN2 program “After Words.” The book’s thesis is that it is essentially possible to reverse-engineer the human brain to create [...]

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