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IBM Reboots Its Research to Focus on Cognitive Computing - MIT Technology Review

IBM Reboots Its Research to Focus on Cognitive Computing - MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
IBM is betting that research on more human-like artificial intelligence will help it turn things around.

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IBM Sees Broader Role for Watson in Aiding Research

IBM Sees Broader Role for Watson in Aiding Research | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Watson, the IBM system that won "Jeopardy," has shown promise in answering some kinds of questions. Now the company sees a broader role, a bit like the deductions that helped its namesake's famous partner solve fictional crimes.

 

"The company on Thursday is announcing advances in the technology and the availability of what it calls IBM’s Watson Discovery Advisor, a cloud service that it says can help research teams analyze vast troves of data to come up with new research ideas."

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This announcements has implications for The Singularity in that a machine is being scientifically creative. Discovery is one of the creative activities of scientists.

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IBM Research's Jamie Garcia and Her Fantastic Plastic - A Smarter Planet Blog

IBM Research's Jamie Garcia and Her Fantastic Plastic - A Smarter Planet Blog | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
By Steve Hamm When scientists succeed at IBM Research, they tend to stay. Robert Dennard, the inventor of the DRAM, for instance, had been at IBM for 56 years when he retired earlier this year. But there are researchers at the opposite end of the seniority spectrum who are already making their marks—on IBM and …
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"Jeannette “Jamie” Garcia, a 31-year-old chemist who became a full-time employee at IBM Research just last November—after a one-year stint as a post-doctoral fellow. Jamie has done something quite remarkable: she spearheaded the invention of a new class of materials, which have the potential to shake up the aerospace, auto and semiconductor industries."

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IBM Is Using Watson To Psychoanalyze People From Their Tweets

IBM Is Using Watson To Psychoanalyze People From Their Tweets | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
This is why IBM is investing $1 billion into Watson.

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Besides winning "Jeopardy" and helping "put a permanent end to leukemia," IBM has found another use for its Watson supercomputer: psychoanalyzing people.

Watson is a computer that understands human language. Simply by looking at the language used when posting on social media sites, it can understand your personality and even predict major events likely to happen in your life.

Amazingly, this tech doesn't even  have to know a company's customer's social media accounts beforehand. It can figure them out on its own by sifting through what people post online with information in a company database.

The first use that comes to mind for this is marketing. The Watson tech tries to figure out what's happening in a person's life from social media to predict when to send you offers. As Fast Co. Design's John Brownlee writes:

"It can even predict major life-events: if you changed your Facebook status to "Married" a year ago, for example, a company might infer that it was about time to start approaching you about products and services for your first child."


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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, February 5, 2014 3:35 PM

And this is only the start Wait unitl complete psycho analyse can be done based on everything one does on internet. And I predict this will and shall be used in employee selection.

paul babicki's curator insight, February 6, 2014 12:19 AM

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David Williams's curator insight, February 6, 2014 9:24 AM

Social Profiling coming of age. Businesses will need to be careful how they use this, Relevance is great and desired, stalking isn't!

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NYT: I.B.M. Exploring New Feats for

NYT: I.B.M. Exploring New Feats for | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
I.B.M. is trying to expand its artificial intelligence technology by training the computer Watson in projects that involve developing drugs and creating food recipes.
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There Are Now Six IBM Watsons, Here's What They're Doing

There Are Now Six IBM Watsons, Here's What They're Doing | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
IBM has built six Watsons in the last year, deploying them to give healthcare professionals fast answers to complex medical questions.
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IBM creating pocket-sized Watson in $16 billion sales push | KurzweilAI

IBM creating pocket-sized Watson in $16 billion sales push | KurzweilAI | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
(Credit: IBM) IBM researchers are working on incorporating Watson capabilities in smart phones, Bloomberg Business Week reports. Bernie Meyerson,
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Your App Is About To Get Smarter: IBM Opens Watson To Developers

Your App Is About To Get Smarter: IBM Opens Watson To Developers | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It took almost a year, but IBM has now released eight APIs that give developers access to Watson's big brain.

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IBM’s Supercomputer Watson Has Graduated From Culinary School

IBM’s Supercomputer Watson Has Graduated From Culinary School | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
“Pickles,” chef Michael Laiskonis tells me as I poke at the plate he’s put in front of me. The menu said beet salad, but this isn’t that weary marriage of root vegetables with goat cheese, pistachio, and arugula. The former Le Bernardin chef reveals that it’s roasted beets and white...
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Using IBM Watson Foundations to read emotions | The Big Data Hub

Using IBM Watson Foundations to read emotions | The Big Data Hub | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

 I (the author) learned that nViso makes facial analytics tools that can help consumer-focused businesses better understand their customers by analyzing human non-verbal signals. Further, the company uses Watson Foundations to provide the analytics and data management infrastructure that support facial image analysis.

A closer look at nViso shows that its core expertise is facial imaging analysis. To conduct this analysis, the company:

Digitally captures data streams on cloud and mobile platformsUses facial imaging software to analyze that captured digital data to look for human non-verbal signals (emotional responses)Enables customers to use the data that it collects to start asking new and different questions about customer preferences, and can become more attuned to consumer reactions to marketing campaignsAutomates the process of analyzing customer emotional reactions, making it easier and less costly to gather consumer information. 

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It's amazing that a machine can analyze non-verbal facial communication. If it proves accurate and valuable, the combination of sickened outcry and the innovative applications will (could possibly) lead to incredible social change. People who are disenfranchised may begin to see an increase in justice statistics. Detecting the emotions and other nonverbal cues of jurors, plaintiffs, witnesses, even--one day--judges, may lead to unprecedented impacts. It would not simply support judicial officials and statisticians. The AI machines themselves may learn a great deal about making judgments and develop algorithms to replace judges at various levels of court cases or to provide alternative judgments (in the beginnings of the replacements). Airlines, citizen/customs agents, and other agents providing security might also receive support. 

 

However, there is considerable evidence that people implementing the machine-enhanced judgments may still reject those judgments to instead go with "the gut" or their so-called "intuition", but as the machine algorithms improve their accuracy, humans may also trust them more and will employ them as a greater part in their decision making.

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IBM launches research lab for big data applications

IBM launches research lab for big data applications | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
IBMIBM Accelerated Discovery Lab Dec. 4 - 5, 2013 Redwood City, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale The world has a lot of Big Data, or massive amounts of information stored across giant data centers.
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Sight: 5 Future Technology Innovations from IBM

In 5 years, computers will not only be able to look at images, but understand them. Computers will be trained to turn pictures and videos into features, iden...
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33rd Square: Watson Getting Ready For Healthcare

33rd Square: Watson Getting Ready For Healthcare | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
IBM is currently developing their Watson system to address the medical field. For the IBM developers is clear that enabling the transformation of healthcare will require making better decisions.
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33rd Square: IBM Research And LLNL Claim 1014 Synapse Simulation

33rd Square: IBM Research And LLNL Claim 1014 Synapse Simulation | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
IBM Research has presented the next milestone toward fulfilling the ultimate vision of the DARPA’s cognitive computing program, called Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) at the Supercomputing 2012 conference...
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