“Paperwork Explosion” by The Jim Henson Company

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Last week, WIRED Magazine dug up a video from IBM Archives fr an article :
Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch IBM’s Greatest Corporate Film, Directed by … Jim Henson?

Read the article here: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2014/03/tech-time-warp-henson-ibm/

What Does IBM Watson Look Like? Generated Art Face the Wave of the Future?

Image Credit:  From The Face of Watson video

Image Credit: From The Face of Watson video

Who knew that generative art would be the face of a Jeopardy champ?  For the Jeopardy competition in 2011 between IBM Watson and Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, IBM hired veteran digital artist Joshua Davis to create Watson’s face, a swirling electronic avatar based on IBM’s Smarter Planet logo.  Davis took the globe motif and added a swarm of particles — a single “leader” chased by the others — to spin around on the globe’s surface, indicating that Watson is “thinking.”  He also visually represents Watson’s level of confidence in an answer, based on complicated algorithms that boil down to 27 possible states that the avatar can be in.  Generally, when Watson is confident, the particles swarm to the top of the globe and glow green;  and when Watson is not confident, they flow to the bottom and glow orange.

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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

IBM Infographic Cartoon – So Your Parent is an IBMer (Survival Guide for Kids)

Did you experience growing up with a parent who is an IBMer?  Or perhaps you are guilty of having done this to your kids?

Cartoon by Jessica Ramirez

Cartoon by Jessica Ramirez, a software designer/developer at IBM

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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Happy Holidays from IBM and Greater IBM (Video)

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Let’s build a brighter 2014. Together, we can light up the world. #IBM #smarterplanet #happyholidays

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  • IBM Smarter Planet

–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Santa Uses Predictive Analytics for Toy Matching (Christmas Infographic)

Image from IBM Big Data Hub

Image from IBM Big Data Hub

Santa’s use of data has gone from reactive to predictive with his toy-matching engine code-named YULELOG.  By using data above and below the 85th parallel, including the letters from children, pout score, and toy build time, Santa can analyze what toys are trending and work to match these toys to all the boys and girls.

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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Santa is On His Way – How is Big Data Analytics Helping? (Infographic)

Image from IBM Curiosity Shop

Image from IBM Curiosity Shop

Santa is on his way, but retailers know they cannot rely on holiday magic alone to make the year’s busiest shopping season a success.  They are engaging with customers in new ways and using the power of analytics and a multi-channel approach to make the season bright.

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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Data Intelligence – Evolution of Computing Creativity from the 1950s

From the Information Machine video

From the Information Machine video

“As a function of design, the calculator provides creative man a higher platform upon which to stand and from which to work,”  – video narrator.

In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, here’s a fascinating peek back into the 1950s.  Charles and Ray Eames wrote and produced this commercial for IBM, called ‘The Information Machine: Man and the Data Processor’, which debuted at the 1958 Brussels’ World’s Fair.  It draws the viewer through the evolution of early problem-solving and design theory using a scratchy cartoon animation.  A primitive man, the first ‘artist’, walks the earth observing natural forms and storing their visual properties in a ‘memory bank’ which supplies the data for entire systems of logic.  From there, a somewhat comical leap from the first sail boat to the preeminence of the computer as a tool for creative man.

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- Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

IBM Watson to be in NYC Play Nov 15 – Dec 29 2013

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Image Credit:  Playwright Horizons)

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Image Credit: Playwright Horizons)

Playwrights Horizons, the biggest theater dedicated to American plays in New York City, has independently developed a play called “The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence“.  It looks at the relationship between the expert and the assistant loosely weaving together narratives from the Watsons of Alexander Graham Bell, Sherlock Holmes and the IBM Jeopardy! Challenge. It is potentially helpful to IBM as it frames the expert / assistant relationship as central to progress, and places Watson in that collaborative context (often humorously).

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Coffee Break Cartoon: Polly Wants A Hashtag (by IBM Alumni)

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The cartoon is courtesy of Devon Wickens, who is an IBM Alumni.  During her time at IBM, she was an Executive Producer of the IBM/TALK corporate radio series.  In 2011, she founded BabyBummers cartoons, which are cartoons about what is trending now.  In addition to her BabyBummers initiative, she also works as a Business Content writer at the Gaming Corporation.  To learn more:

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IBM Vintage Ad 1949 (National Geographic) – Releasing The Human Mind

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With the era of Cognitive Computing upon us, this is a great ad for #ThrowbackThursday -

‘Through IBM Electronic Machines, the human mind is finding new release from mathematical drudgery’

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- Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager The Greater IBM Connection