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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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Phys.Org Mobile: New low-temperature chemical reaction explained

Phys.Org Mobile: New low-temperature chemical reaction explained | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

In all the centuries that humans have studied chemical reactions, just 36 basic types of reactions have been found. Now, thanks to the work of researchers at MIT and the University of Minnesota, a 37th type of reaction can be added to the list.

 


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I love this kind of information: there are now 37 basic types of chemical reactions. 

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Previously unknown atmospheric phenomenon discovered

Previously unknown atmospheric phenomenon discovered | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Recent research results show that an atmospheric hole over the tropical West Pacific is reinforcing ozone depletion in the polar regions and could have a significant influence on the climate of the Earth.
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