IBM Will Use Watson To Battle Brain Cancer

No longer content with dominating at Jeopardy and serving up gourmet fusion dishes from food trucks, IBM's Watson will soon commit its supercomputer powers to fighting cancer. The goal: See whether Watson can use patient's genomic data to recommend treatments for glioblastoma, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. » 3/22/14 9:48am 3/22/14 9:48am

IBM's Watson computer has parts of its memory cleared after developing…

It all started a couple of years ago when IBM's Watson, the computer voted most likely to destroy us when the technological Singularity strikes, was given access to the Urban Dictionary. In an attempt to help Watson learn slang — and thus be more amenable to conversational language — the machine subsequently picked… » 1/11/13 1:32pm 1/11/13 1:32pm

Within five years, IBM's smartphone will hear, see, smell, taste, and…

At the end of each year, IBM Research lists "innovations that will change our lives in the next five years." This year's "IBM 5 in 5" is particularly intriguing in that their braintrust is heralding the age of "cognitive computing" — a technological era in which computers and handheld devices can better approximate… » 12/18/12 2:55pm 12/18/12 2:55pm

IBM’s Sequoia crushes all other supercomputers in new ranking

Step aside, Fujitsu K — there's a new king of the mountain, and its name is Sequoia. For the first time in three years, an American-built device has taken top spot in a ranking of the 500 most powerful supercomputers. Developed by IBM, Sequoia will be used to – get ready for the letdown – carry out simulations to… » 6/18/12 1:39pm 6/18/12 1:39pm

IBM's "neurosynaptic" chips are the closest thing to a synthetic brain…

While the comparison between the computer and the human brain is one that has been made for over half a century, the way each one processes information could not be more different. Now, IBM researchers have designed a revolutionary chip that, for the first time, actually mimics the functioning of a human brain. » 8/18/11 3:16pm 8/18/11 3:16pm

IBM Slides Sold The Concept of "Online" in 1975

Square America is a web site devoted to American vernacular photography, found photos, and snapshots. In addition to a ton of great pix from the 1940s to the 70s, they are currently showing selections from a 56-image "pre-powerpoint IBM slide presentation with one foot in the future and the other stuck solidly in the… » 8/04/08 1:08pm 8/04/08 1:08pm

The World's Biggest Computer Kept Us Safe from Cold War Commies

Listen to the heartbeat of SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment), IBM's giant air defense computer, in this propaganda ... I mean, educational ... film from approximately 1956. Weighing in 250 tons and using 60,000 vacuum tubes, SAGE "was the largest computer ever built." It required an acre of floor space. » 3/04/08 12:40pm 3/04/08 12:40pm

This Is What Game Consoles Really Do To Your Brain

Video game tech could literally save your brain. Currently, when your neurologist needs to make a snap judgment about brain surgery, a 3-D brain image like the one above might not be ready for hours — far too long in an emergency. But now the Mayo Clinic is teaming up with IBM to develop ways to create a 3-D image… » 1/10/08 9:20am 1/10/08 9:20am