IBM is teaming up with Galvanize, a hub for startups in Denver and San Francisco, to launch the first BlueMix Garage. The BlueMix Garage is a physical space where current and potential client developers can collaborate with IBM experts to rapidly create, launch and host innovative new cloud applications for BlueMix, IBM’s open platform-as-a-service (PaaS).
BlueMix Garages will help transform application development with modern cloud technologies and highly disciplined agile processes that enable developers to use the cloud to quickly develop and release products on BlueMix to receive feedback, iterate and deliver well-designed, enterprise quality software. Designed as a collaborative space for developers from companies of all sizes, the first BlueMix Garage will locate at Galvanize. It attracts a strong network of entrepreneurs, developers, students, mentors, angel investors and venture capitalists in a physical space to learn, collaborate and create the next generation of high-tech and digital businesses.
Interested in visiting or being part of the Garage? Send a note to email@example.com to learn more. And check out our video announcement:
In this short video, pioneering technologista and IBMer Patty McHugh talks about her “Mother of the Motherboard” nickname. Get lots more insightful nuggets from IBM’s look into the art and science of innovation at IBMblr.tumblr.com
“Where will you be in five years?” With the historic pace of technological advancements, this popular job interview question has become a daunting challenge to answer without a solid plan – whether you are a student, you are just starting in the workforce or you are a seasoned professional.
We invite you to watch the replay of our Academy of Technology THINK event below, focusing on the six growth areas that are driving today’s innovations: Cognitive Computing, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Analytics & Big Data, Mobile Computing, and Security.
People with disabilities represent an untapped pool of skills that can enhance business.
However, people with disabilities frequently face great barriers to work that go beyond physical obstacles — stereotypes and wrong assumptions often prevent this significant chunk of the world population from contributing to the economy.
This video was jointly produced by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Global Business and Disability Network and the ILO/International Finance Corporation (IFC) Better Work partnership.
Tanishq Abraham is just 10 years old but he has already accomplished a lot in life. He learned to read when he was just months old, became a Mensa member at age 4 and is now enrolled in college. What does he want to be when he grows up? “A medical researcher,” he says, and, as an afterthought: “The president of the United States.”On Monday evening, Tanishq charmed an audience at New York’s 92nd Street Y, when he appeared with IBM Research scientist Dario Gil in the last installment of the organization’s “Seven Days of Genius” program. The program, using the tag #thatsgenius on Twitter, explored the nature of genius and the potential for especially bright people to have an outsize impact on the world.
Monday’s event introduced the audience to two people who are passionately interested in science. Tanishq became fascinated with paleontology when he was 4 years old, then turned to astronomy, then biotechnology. His current passion is nano medicine. While he’s taking two courses at American River College, near his home in Sacramento, Calif., he also studies online via Coursera. He likes online courses the best because, “I can move at my own pace,” he said.
Dario’s science epiphany came when he was at university. Inspired by a physics professor, he was thrilled when he studied molecules using an Atomic Force Microscope. Now he’s director of symbiotic cognitive systems at IBM Research and an avid proponent of harnessing smart machines to augment human intelligence. “I can imagine a day when we all have mental superpowers, which we can use to serve humanity,” he told Tanishq.
The pair agreed on a lot–the importance of STEM studies, the dangers posed by the anti-science crowd in the United States, and the value of hands-on education. Neither expects machines to take over any time soon.
Asked by the moderator what keeps him up at night, Tanishq confessed that he doesn’t go to sleep easily, but he said he’s not kept awake by worries. “If you have an optimistic attitude, the world will get better,” he said. He predicted cures for malaria, cancer and tuberculosis in his lifetime–and that, eventually, people will routinely live past age 100 or even 200.
In the presence of a smart, charming, optimistic child, it’s easy believe in the promise of the future.
IBM Watson is defining a new era of cognitive technology. This generation of problem solvers is going to learn much faster with IBM Watson. And Watson, in turn, will learn much faster with us. Developers will solve new problems. Business leaders will ask bigger questions. And together, we’ll do things generations before couldn’t dream of. IBM Watson team have immediate opportunities for Researchers, Developers, Implementers, Consultants, and Sales and Marketing Professionals.
IBM has brought students into its labs to learn about and develop applications for Watson’s groundbreaking analytics technology through its internship program. IBM Watson interns work directly with clients and alongside some of the brightest minds in the business on real-world projects such as how Watson’s analytical and predictive capabilities can be used in social media to improve how marketers engage with customers, or how Watson can be used to revolutionize smart phone and instant messaging communication.
This year, IBM researchers are exploring the idea that everything will learn – driven by a new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason and engage with us in a more natural and personalized way. These innovations are beginning to emerge enabled by cloud computing, big data analytics and learning technologies all coming together.
Over time these computers will get smarter and more customized through interactions with data, devices and people, helping us take on what may have been seen as unsolvable problems by using all the information that surrounds us and bringing the right insight or suggestion to our fingertips right when it’s most needed. A new era in computing will lead to breakthroughs that will amplify human abilities, assist us in making good choices, look out for us and help us navigate our world in powerful new ways.
The city will help you live in it – Cognitive systems will learn to understand what people need, what they like, what they do, and how they move from place to place—so the managers of the city can respond better to their needs.
A digital guardian will protect you online –Security systems will acquire a 360-degree view of an individual’s data, devices and applications. They’ll readily spot patterns that could be precursors to a cyber attack or a stolen identity.
Scientists from IBM Almaden Research Center show you how they developed MRSA-killing Ninja Polymers in the lab, and what the future holds for these nanoparticles. Meanwhile, artists show you how they brought these Ninjas and superbugs to life in an animated film. Learn more about Ninja Polymers and IBM Research at http://www.ibm.com/ninjas.
Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.
The iconic film, created for IBM by design masters Ray and Charles Eames, continues to influence new generations of forward thinkers.
As part of its quest to develop cognitive systems, IBM Research is exploring whether a computer can be creative by designing a machine that can create surprising yet flavorful recipe ideas no cookbook has ever thought of in order to enhance human creativity.
IBM celebrates the life of Benoît B. Mandelbrot, IBM Fellow Emeritus and Fractal Pioneer. In this final interview shot by filmmaker Errol Morris, Mandelbrot shares his love for mathematics and how it led him to his wondrous discovery of fractals. His work lives on today in many innovations in science, design, telecommunications, medicine, renewable energy, film (special effects), gaming (computer graphics) and more.
The African continent accounts for 14 percent of the world’s population and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. With a growth rate expected to average 7 percent annually over the next 20 years, Africa is poised to become a leading source of innovation in a variety of industries. IBM announced the formation of IBM Research – Africa and officially launched its first laboratory facility in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2013.
IBM recognizes the huge potential impact of research and smarter systems in helping to build Africa’s future. For this reason, the IBM Recruiting team invites professors, scientists and qualified university students to participate in a Research Virtual Recruiting Event for several open positions at the recently opened IBM Research – Africa Laboratory.
Recruiting great employees is vital to our success and to building a Smarter Planet. So join us for our Research Virtual Recruiting Event on 5 December 2013 @ 19:00 EAT (17:00 CET, see more time zones) to learn more.
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, IBM Research’s twelfth global lab is the first science and technology research lab on the continent. Watch the video below to learn more about the lab.
Four distinct stories of progress show how a challenge once considered unsolvable was addressed: Sending a man to the moon, sequencing the rice genome, making medicine personal and reducing traffic congestion. Across the diversity of these examples, the film reveals how progress was made possible by a combination of people and technology, and by taking a distinct approach to making the world work better — seeing, mapping, understanding, believing and acting. Today, this very approach can be used to tackle challenges large and small. This film was originally presented in an immersive experience on forty 85″ screens in the IBM THINK Exhibit at Lincoln Center in New York, USA. Watch the Film.
At Fortune’s recent Most Powerful Women summit, it was clear that many of the executives of the world’s most admired companies are making innovation a priority, as they talked about their willingness to embrace change as part of their strategies for staying ahead. During the conference, IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty, shared her approach to innovation. She spoke about IBM’s 102 year history of transition, starting in the business of cheese slicers and time clocks, which is very different from today, where the business is 80% software and services. She said,
“When I think of IBM, I don’t define it by a product – and I think that’s one of the reasons that it’s 102 years old. If you think of yourself as a product, you’ll miss the trends, you’ll miss the shifts. And you’ll miss dangerous ones, like business models.”
When asked how a company can continue to stay innovative and ‘look around the curves’, Ginni shared the following five avenues that a company of any size, as well as an individual, can leverage to help them look ahead and stay innovative:
Working with universities around the world
Talking with clients to get their ideas
Venture capital community
Social within the enterprise (internal ideation)
Read the full story and watch the interview below:
Five years ago, a team made up of scientists from IBM, several universities and two US national laboratories embarked on a great quest: to design a computer chip inspired by the function, low-power, and compact size of the human brain. In the face of tremendous technical unknowns, our goal is now within reach.This was no easy journey. As the principal investigator, I had to coordinate the activities of scientists with a wide variety of skills and expertise, both within IBM and at the other organizations that collaborated with us. We had to achieve a series of significant scientific breakthroughs in a virtually uncharted territory under the constraints of a relatively short deadline and limited funds.
The experience has taught me valuable management lessons that could be useful to others. In the coming years, it seems likely that organizations of all kinds will more frequently collaborate with one another, that research and other aspects of business will globalize even more, and that new paths to innovation will require people with a wide variety of disciplines to work together to combat uncertainty while harnessing potential. Over the weekend, the New York Times published a guest essay by me in its Preoccupations column.
Today marks the beginning of the next phase of IBM’sSmarter Cities Challenge competitive grants program, which deploys teams of our top talent to perform pro bono problem solving for cities and municipal regions worldwide. We’re building on the success of the program’s first three years, during which 600 IBM experts on six-person teams provided strategic and practical advice to 100 cities. In all, IBMers provided more than 100,000 hours of business and technical expertise through this game-changing program that began in the company’s 100th year.
Valued at USD $400,000 each, the three-week Smarter Cities Challenge engagements have helped cities address key challenges in the areas of economic development; water, energy and environment; health and social services; transportation; and public safety. During the course of forming partnerships with influencers and constituencies from government, citizen groups, businesses and nonprofits, we have gathered diverse perspectives on the causes and potential solutions to a variety of urban challenges. While each city is unique, our work has enabled us to identify common characteristics and themes that have improved the subsequent effectiveness of our teams.
We’re excited about this next phase of the Smarter Cities Challenge, through which we will engage more deeply with our municipal clients – committing to the long haul to manage challenges that extend beyond the limits of mayoral terms of office; intensifying our focus on helping newly-elected city leaders get off to good starts to making their cities smarter; and extending our reach to help municipalities navigate the complexities of financing progressive programs and engaging their citizens.
Read the press release to learn how past Smarter Cities Challenge grant recipients have implemented our recommendations to improve the lives of their citizens.
Jen Crozier is Vice President, IBM Global Citizenship Initiatives.
If you thought we still made PCs, it’s time to rethink IBM.
So what does IBM do? We are a global technology and innovation company that stands for progress. Our employees around the world invent and apply hardware, software and technology services to help forward-thinking enterprises, institutions and people solve their most complex business problems.
Watch the video from IBM in Australia and learn what IBM is doing to make the world work smarter.
Over the course of the 70+-year history of computing, government, academia and industry have joined forces repeatedly to bring cutting-edge science to bear on the some of the major challenges of the day—and, in each case, computer science has played an important role. Among those remarkable efforts were the Manhattan Project, the Space Race, and the Human Genome Project.
Today, we’re at a turning point in the evolution of information technology. A new age is dawning: the era of cognitive computing. At IBM, we believe it will be as distinct from today’s era of programmable computing as this period was from the earlier tabulating era. IBM’s Watson, which defeated two former grand-champions on the TV quiz show Jeopardy, was a first step forward on a long journey. Over the coming years and decades, computers will learn, reason and partner with human beings to help them harvest the benefits of Big Data and better understand how the world works so people can make superior decisions and live more successful lives.
Yet, there’s no assurance that breakthroughs in cognitive computing will progress as quickly as their advocates would like. That’s why IBM is reaching out to partners in academia, industry and across our clients in an effort to set a shared agenda aimed at hastening and guiding progress.
To learn more about the new era, download a free chapter of the new book, Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era Cognitive Computing, by IBM Research Director John E. Kelly III, at http://cup.columbia.edu/static/cognitive.
Tomorrow marks a first step in the process of setting an agenda. We have invited scholars from a number of leading universities to a Cognitive Systems Colloquium at IBM Research headquarters in Yorktown Heights, New York, to begin a conversation about the new era of computing. (Additional colloquia will follow at other IBM Research labs around the world.) As a signal of our commitment to this cause, we’re creating a collaborative research initiative with four universities in order to advance the study of cognitive technologies. The universities include Carnegie Mellon, MIT, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic.
The initial research efforts will support the following investigations:
–MIT: How socio-technical tools can boost the collective performance of moderate-sized groups of humans engaged in collaborative tasks such as decision making.
–RPI: How advances in processing power, data availability, and algorithmic techniques can enable the practical application of a variety of artificial intelligence techniques.
–CMU: How systems should be architected to support intelligent, natural interaction with all kinds of information to help people execute complex tasks.
–NYU: How deep learning is impacting many areas of science where automated pattern recognition is essential.
But that’s just a start. Cognitive systems will require innovation breakthroughs at every layer of information technology, starting with nanotechnology and progressing through computing systems design, information management, programming and machine learning, and, finally, the interfaces between machines and humans. Advances on this scale will require remarkable efforts and collaboration, calling forth the best minds—and the combined resources–of academia, government and industry.
In the coming months, we plan on working with additional universities, researchers, IBM clients and government agencies to map out a common research agenda, set priorities and identify areas where substantial progress needs to be made. Businesses can play an important role by helping to identify situations where cognitive systems could provide substantial benefits—and by providing real-world test beds were researchers can evaluate emerging technologies.
Over time, armed with these powerful new tools, people and organizations will be able to take on challenges that have confounded the human race. Cognitive machines have the potential to help us live more sustainably so we can address the destructive effects of climate change. They can help doctors defeat cancer and other dread diseases. They can help businesses operate more effectively and dynamically, yet, at the same time, minimize the negative effects of commerce on people and the environment. And, most broadly, they can help individuals, organizations, and, indeed, all of society, function in ways that foster peace, economic plenty and individual fulfillment.
But these tools will also pose new challenges to society. How do we incorporate into our lives computing systems that increasingly think like we do, that discover and provide insight from vast amounts of information?. Issues of privacy, and security must be addressed. More than any information technology waves of the past, cognitive computing will require individuals and institutions to be aware of the changes that are coming and to guide the way the technologies are used.
Today, we can only make educated guesses about where cognitive technologies will take us. Like the great technology visionary and A.M. Turing Award winner Alan Kay has said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” So, together, let’s invent the cognitive era.
Visit A Smarter Planet Blog on Oct. 2 starting at 8:30 a.m. for live blogging from IBM Research’s Cognitive Computing Colloquium, featuring speeches by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, MIT professor Thomas Malone, A.I. visionary Danny Hillis and more.
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti increased two American doctors’ efforts to create a humanitarian, non-profit program named Colleagues In Care in an effort to provide education and training to those who were affected by the earthquake. With support from IBM, Colleagues In Care is utilizing SmartCloud to share medical information with this island, just three hours from the United States. From the gray avenues of New York City to the colorful streets of Port-au-Prince, and all around the world, doctors and technologists are collaborating to save lives.
Watch below for the story of two humanitarians and how their partnership with IBM is helping local Haitian doctors and patients.
Imagine a day in the not-too-distant future when your car will alert you to a dangerous condition a mile ahead so you can slow down pro-actively or take an alternative route.
Or sensors detect abnormal wear on your brakes and the car automatically arranges for an appointment at your repair shop and even checks the parts inventory at the shop to make sure there will be no delay in getting the brake job done. Or a rental car recognizes you when you slip into the driver’s seat and automatically adjusts to your preferences—queuing up your iTunes playlist, adjusting the mirrors and briefing you on the to-do list from your digital calendar.
These are just a few of the scenarios that automakers and their suppliers are dreaming up as the world enters the era of the connected car—all of them enabled by next-generation cloud computing services. But these sophisticated services won’t come quickly or flourish unless the major players in the industry borrow a page from the tech industry playbook. The Internet revolution that brought Yahoo! and Google and Facebook would not have been possible without agreement on a broad set of open standards aimed at easing the flow of communications and the sharing of data. Failure to do the same could put the brakes on the connected car.
Here’s a story of some connected-car technologies being tried out in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Automakers and tech companies have long talked about a host of new safety, convenience, maintenance and infotainment features coming to vehicles, but only recently, thanks to the arrival of a handful of technology improvements, are their promises starting to be fulfilled. We’re seeing self-parking and self-braking vehicles, cars you can start remotely with your smartphone, and apps that alert your Facebook friends when you’re running late for a party.
These new services are being made possible by advances in mobile communications, cloud computing, sensor networks and data analytics. But all of those technologies rely on the adoption of open technology standards to deliver the goods in seamless and easy to use ways.
Today, most automakers are going their own way when they choose the core technologies that enable their connected-car services. They picture their services as walled gardens where they can control every experience their customers have while traveling, from start to finish. The best analogy in tech-industry history is America Online, the first hugely successful online service, which lost momentum when the Internet came along and connected every person seamlessly to everyone else. AOL was slow to shift from its proprietary technologies to open Internet standards, and the company paid dearly for that mistake.
At IBM, we have long embraced open standards in computing, and we are every bit as committed to the concept in the connected car. In the past three months, we announced partnerships with mobile carrier Sprint and international auto supplier Continental aimed at enabling a wide array of new applications for vehicles. In each case, we and our partners are committed to making technology choices that assure easy connectivity and sharing of data.
We conducted a smarter traffic pilot program with the Dutch city of Eindhoven where we demonstrated how cars equipped with sensors and advanced networking technologies could be used to monitor road conditions in real time. Raw data from the vehicles identified 48,000 incidents over a six-month period from 1.8 billion sensor signals. A streaming data-analysis system made it possible for the city authorities to react to hazards, accidents and traffic jams in near real time. These results could not have been achieved without our compliance with open technology standards.
One of the most promising new standards is called MQ Telemetry Transport, or MQTT for short. MQTT is a key enabler of interconnectivity between sensors and the computing systems that harvest the data from them and make sense of all that data. It makes it possible for every device on a network to communicate and share information with every other device on the network—and to do it super-efficiently. IBM scientist Andy Stanford-Clark co-invented MQTT, but IBM has led the successful effort to turn it into an open standard.
At the beginning of this essay, we laid out some scenarios of new connected-car services that could delight car owners. But the car companies, dealers and repair shops stand to reap tremendous benefits from these new technologies as well. In addition to boosting sales by offering customers compelling apps, car companies will be able to team with business partners to jointly market additional products and services to their customers. For their part, dealers and repair shops will be able to harness a wealth of knowledge about their customers’ cars and driving habits to provide predictive maintenance. And when things go wrong, their mechanics will consult with cognitive systems—much like IBM’s Watson—to help them correctly diagnose complex problems.
Open technologies will not only hasten the pace of innovation in the world of connected vehicles, but they’ll make it possible for the entire industry to delight car owners with continuous improvements. In the future, your car will be like you iPhone or Android phone is today: Constantly updatable with the new apps of your choosing.
None of this will come easily unless the automakers, and, indeed, the entire ecosystem of auto-related companies, adopt the open technology standards that can pave the way for the connected cars of the future.
IBM runs many successful university programs around the globe. Today, we highlight Consulting By Degrees – one of our world-class initiatives designed to groom top, entry-level professionals into tomorrow’s leaders.
Consulting By Degrees is IBM’s leadership and development program for entry-level consultants. Consultants participate in the program over a 2-3 year timeframe, divided into four 6-month quadrants, each with specific development objectives including formal classroom and online education, on-the-job training, and informal education sessions.
The program was first built and piloted in the United States and is now global in over 50 countries. Watch these videos to hear what some of our participants are saying about the program.
The Future of Consulting
Consulting By Degrees – Technical Consultants
New Voices for the Path Forward
Using mobile devices and a new, novel collaborative video production process, millennial generation IBMers in the Consulting by Degrees program share their perspective on the path forward for IBM’s consulting organization, Global Business Services.
In sports and business, IBM capabilities are changing the game.
For two weeks every August and September, the United States Tennis Association welcomes hundreds of thousands of spectators to New York City’s Flushing Meadows for the U.S. Open tennis tournament. And millions more around the world visit USOpen.org to follow the action, watching live-streamed tennis matches and getting scores, stats, and news thanks to IBM technologies.
Watch how IBM helps the U.S. Open run more efficiently through better data management.
They’ve been called brainiac, genius, wizard. And now, IBM Fellow.
Launched in 1963, just 246 individuals have earned the title of IBM Fellow for their achievements in technology, science, engineering and research. It’s quite the elite group, with a unique role—to lead IBMers as they tackle the world’s most challenging problems and continue laying the foundation for a smarter planet.