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IBM Launches Watson Mobile Developer Challenge

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Jennifer LeClaire of News Factor reports, “Big Blue wants business users and consumers to put the power of its Watson supercomputer in the palms of their hands. At Mobile World Congress, IBM launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a global competition to encourage developers to create mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson. Using natural language processing and analytics, Watson processes information akin to how people think, representing a major shift in an organization’s ability to quickly analyze, understand and respond to big data. Watson’s ability to answer complex questions with speed, accuracy and confidence is transforming decision making across a variety of industries, including health care, financial services and retail.” Read more

IBM Invests in Welltok, a Health Platform Using the Power of Watson

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Dan Primack of Fortune reports, “Last month, IBM committed to invest $100 million in tech startups that are leveraging Watson, the company’s famed cognitive computing platform. [Wednesday], IBM [announced] that the first portfolio company in its ‘Watson Fund’ is Welltok, a Denver-based health optimization platform. IBM is participating in Welltok’s new $22 million Series C funding round, which is being led by venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates. Also investing is Qualcomm Ventures and existing Welltok shareholders Emergence Capital Partners, InterWest Partners, Miramar Venture Partners and Okapi Venture Capital.” Read more

Watson is Heading to Africa to Address Pressing Problems

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BBC News reports, “The vast brainpower of IBM’s supercomputer Watson is to be utilised in Africa to attempt to solve some of the continent’s most pressing problems. Better agriculture, education and health are just three of the improvements the system could bring, said the firm. Watson uses artificial intelligence to analyse huge amounts of data and can also understand human language. Experts said such a system could help the African economy ‘leapfrog’ others. The project dubbed, Lucy, after the earliest known human ancestor fossil which was found in east Africa, will cost $100m (£61m) and take 10 years to complete.” Read more

The Future of Artificial Intelligence & The Semantic Web

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Charles Silver of Algebraix recently shared his opinions on artificial intelligence‘s recently revamped popularity and growing plausibility. Silver writes, “Just a few months ago, the phrase ‘artificial intelligence’ suddenly started being tossed around presentations, blogs, headlines, seminars — even a Facebook earnings meeting — as if it were the most benign concept in the world. AI could actually win an Oscar, thanks to Scarlett Johansson’s riveting voice-only performance as Samantha, the AI-enabled OS in the new movie ‘Her’. One reason for AI’s new respectability: Big steps have been made in solving the problems of artificial intelligence, especially in speech recognition and concept communication. Just think about how casually we now accept machines that can understand and talk, from Apple’s Siri to IBM’s ‘Jeopardy’-winning Watson.” Read more

IBM Watson Group Launches As New Business Unit

ibmwatsonevent3IBM is getting down to business with Watson. Today it officially launched its NYC-based IBM Watson Group at an event in downtown Manhattan. The new business unit – a $1 billion investment for Big Blue – will be headed up by Mike Rhodin, senior VP for Watson and formerly its Software Solutions Group lead,

“We don’t form a business unit very often. When we do it’s to make our company, our clients, our partners accelerate progress. It’s not just about business—it’s about advances that make a big difference to all of society, said IBM CEO Ginni Rometty at the event, which took place at 4 World Trade Center and also was streamed live online. Declaring us to be in the “cognitive” era of computing, in which computers will learn, get smarter over time and unleash insights from Big Data, to help us make better judgments, Rometty discussed IBM’s plan of having entrepreneurs and developers leverage its Watson Developer Cloud to create their own solutions, and the interest by some 750 companies in working with them towards those ends.

Some 2000 people will be part of the new IBM group, which will be situated in the East Village’s Silicon Alley. To drive the ecosystem it wants to see around Watson Cloud-delivered cognitive apps and services, it’s making $100 million of that billion dollars available for venture investments in startups and businesses. The fundamental idea, Rhodin noted, is pulling together the cloud, content, and investment to get things up and running. “The first thing you need in an ecosystem is the developer cloud, the second thing is…content, the fuel of a cognitive system,” he said, and you need to “make a pool of talent available to the ecosystem to accelerate its speed and build-out.”

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IBM Suggests That Computers May Emulate the Human Brain in the Future

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After the recent news of the new Watson Ecosystem, IBM is now insisting that computers may be emulate the human brain in the near future, Jon Xavier of the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports. Xavier writes, “You can date the first modern era of computing, in which massive mainframes like ENIAC were put to work on math and business problems too complex for the simple counting machines that came before, to a series of talks about computer science in the late 1940s… On Nov. 19, IBM held what it hopes will be another such watershed conference at its Almaden Research Center in San Jose — a colloquium on emerging computing technologies modeled on how the human mind works.” Read more

IBM Prepares to Launch the Watson Ecosystem

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Dave Smith of International Business Times reports, “Watson, the name for the IBM supercomputer best known for crushing Jeopardy! contestants, is prepping its ‘cognitive computing’ technology to be utilized by third-party developers for the first time via a Watson cloud service called the Watson Ecosystem. The Watson cloud service will release with a development tool kit, access to the application programming interface (API) of Watson, an application marketplace, and educational material about IBM’s supercomputer. Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: IBM

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IBM is looking for a Watson Ground Truth Software Developer in Austin, TX. According to the post, “As a Watson Ground Truth Engineer you will be responsible for overseeing the development and curation of annotated data collections in support of machine learning for the Watson Solutions team. This includes creating instructions for annotation projects, enrolling either local or remote annotators, validating the quality of produced annotations, and developing or extending software tools to store and manage collected data, or present data to human labelers for annotation. ” Read more

The Future of Cognitive Computing

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Recently on Internet Revolution, Todd Watson of IBM shared his thoughts on the future of cognitive computing. He writes, “Late this morning, I attended an IBM People for a Smarter Planet Tweetchat concerning the promise and future of cognitive computing. Simply put, cognitive computing systems represent the next frontier of computing, the first two waves having centered upon, first, tabulation, and more recently, programmable systems. With cognitive computing, we’ve begun to see systems that learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either humans or machines could do on their own. In so doing, they can help human experts make better decisions by tapping into the vast complexities of big data.” Read more

Teaching Artificial Intelligence: An Ever-Changing Challenge

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Russell Brandom of The Verge recently wrote, “Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been pondering artificial intelligence since he was a kid. In the late ’60s, eerily intelligent computers were everywhere, whether it was 2001′s HAL or Star Trek‘s omnipresent Enterprise computer. As Allen recalls in his memoir, ‘machines that behaved like people, even people gone mad, were all the rage back then.’ He would tag along to his father’s job at the library, overwhelmed by the information, and daydream about ‘the sci-fi theme of a dying or threatened civilization that saves itself by finding a trove of knowledge.’ What if you could collect all the world’s information in a single computer mind, one capable of intelligent thought, and be able to communicate in simple human language?” Read more

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