IBM's Watson computer has parts of its memory cleared after developing an acute case of potty mouth

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 4:32pm1/11/13 4:32pm

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

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 5:55pm12/18/12 5:55pm

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 4:39pm6/18/12 4:39pm

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

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 6:16pm8/18/11 6:16pm