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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

IBM Research Unveils Two New Watson Related Projects from Cleveland Clinic Collaboration

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CLEVELAND, Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled two new Watson-related cognitive technologies that are expected to help physicians make more informed and accurate decisions faster and to cull new insights from electronic medical records (EMR).

The projects known as “WatsonPaths” and “Watson EMR Assistant” are the result of a year-long research collaboration with faculty, physicians and students at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Both are key projects that will create technologies that can be leveraged by Watson to advance the technology in the domain of medicine. Read more

Semantic Technology Jobs: IBM

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IBM is looking for a Watson NLP Algorithms Developer in Austin, TX. According to the post, “IBM is hiring software engineers into the Watson Solutions team which is responsible for building and extending the Watson technology into new market segments. You will join the team of professionals who are applying this exciting, ground-breaking natural language processing and machine learning technology to some of the most complex and demanding challenges faced by humanity. The commercial Watson platform is based on technology created by IBM Research and is an offering which is very different from most common software/hardware platforms in that it involves an uncommon and complex system of systems.” Read more

How to Discover the Hidden Patterns in Big Data

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Karlin Lillington of The Irish Times reports, “At IBM’s Almaden research centre in the hills just outside of San Jose, big data is a big part of current research. While much of the work that happens at Almaden is ‘blue sky’ research that looks far into the future, many of the big data projects, involving collaborative work with current IBM clients, are likely to have more immediate applications.” One such project is using text analytics to help accelerate pharmaceutical research: ” ‘Developing one drug is a 10- to 15-year cycle,’ says Ying Chen, a researcher, master inventor and manager in IBM Almaden services research. ‘They say developing drugs is like casino gambling. The blind alley is a big problem in this industry. The drug failure rate is around 90 per cent’.” Read more

IBM Teams with Top Universities to Research Cognitive Systems

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R&D Magazine reports that “IBM has announced a collaborative research initiative with four leading universities to advance the development and deployment of cognitive computing systems—systems like IBM Watson that can learn, reason and help human experts make complex decisions involving extraordinary volumes of fast-moving data. Faculty at the four schools—Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—will study enabling technologies and methods for building a new class of systems that better enable people to interact with Big Data in what IBM has identified as a new era of computing.” Read more

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