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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IBM Expands Big Data Portfolio in India with New Predictive Intelligence Software

IBM-Expands-Big-data-Portfolio-in-India-with-New-Predictive-Intelligence-Software_394x296IBM has announced the launch of IT Operations Analytics in India, a new category of software which leverages both cognitive computing and predictive analytics to help companies more easily predict and respond to opportunities and challenges hidden in data. The new software will help a company predict future outcomes, search and discover, and optimize its IT infrastructure by unlocking insights within the data generated by systems, files, databases and servers.

Today, organizations are increasingly faced with managing a complex IT system of servers, networks and applications. Combined with the proliferation of mobile and cloud computing environments, these systems can generate more than 1.3 terabytes of data per day, including log files, software error alerts, IT service tickets and network configuration updates. This can result in more than one million “events” or system alerts per day, some of which are critical to performance and others that are irrelevant, which can bog down systems administrators.

“IBM has a rich heritage of innovation in applying analytics to numerous areas and industries. Now, we are extending that expertise to IT Operations data,” said Omkar Nimbalkar, Director, Cloud, Smarter Infrastructure & Security Software, India Software Labs, IBM India. “By applying cognitive intelligence to clients’ IT infrastructure, they’re now able to gain valuable insights from Big Data, instead of just focusing on how to cope with its volume. This access to real-time knowledge can help predict and prevent IT downtime, improve productivity and generate cost savings, and is something no other vendor can provide,” he said.

Read the complete article on Computerworld.in

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Get Smarter with IBM Virtual Events in Oct

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Here’s a round-up of some of the cool IBM learning events coming up in October (all times, when listed are in US ET). Check them out!

Event Date Area Link
(Tweetchat) Creating an Intelligent Customer Experience with Author Bernard Marr 10/7/13 at Noon Big Data Customer Experience  on.fb.me/1bzkoR4
(Podcast & LinkedInChat) Listen to/chat with Luba Cherbakov as she shares her story on becoming the 13th woman named as an IBM Fellow. 10/8/13 at 10am Women in Tech, Women in STEM (Podcast) bit.ly/IBMPodcast (LinkedIn Chat) linkd.in/1fP0DHc
(Webcast) Senior IBM systems and technology execs/experts will share why they believe infrastructure matters, as well as tips on Big Data, Cloud, and IT Storage. 10/8/2013 Smarter Computing, Big Data, Cloud ibm.co/1gkuogI
(Webcast) Cloud without Compromise:  Understanding and Capitalizing on Cloud Computing 10/9/2013 at Noon Cloud bit.ly/19a40AZ
(Tweetchat) Smarter Planet: The Social Employee – How Companies can leverage employees as social brand ambassadors (#P4SPChat) 10/10/13 at Noon Social, Smarter Workforce, Brand (Preview) http://ibm.co/1fHQagB (Tweetchat) twubs.com/P4SPchat
(Tweetchat) IBM Cloud:  The New CIO—how cloud is shifting tech leadership with 3 industry panelists 10/10/13 at 4pm Cloud (preview) ibm.co/1bD7jWY (Tweetchat) twubs.com/cloudchat
(Virtual Learning) Basics of Blogging 10/11/13, 10/25/13 at Noon How to blog, Social ibm.co/1bzi0Kb
(Virtual Learning) Twitter for Beginners 10/18/13 at Noon Social, Twitter basics, How to Twitter ibm.co/1bzi0Kb
(Tweetchat) #IBMSWChat Tweetchat: Topic TBD 10/18/13 at 1pm Smarter Workforce #IBMSWChat
(Videocast) IBM Smarter Analytics:  Smarter Government Finance & Budgeting 10/23/13 at Noon Smarter Government bit.ly/1e3KsRU
(Tweetchat) #GreaterIBM and Smarter Planet: Smarter Machines with author Steve Hamm & IBM Research Manager Dr. Dharmendra Modha (#P4SPChat) 10/31/13 at Noon Cognitive Computing wp.me/p2kcos-2uW

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#GreaterIBM Tweet Chat Preview: Smarter Machines #P4SPChat on 10/31/13

brain in boxHow smart can machines get?  Can they think like humans?  What’s the science behind it and what are the implications?

Chat Recap Here

Join the conversation as The Greater IBM Connection (#GreaterIBM) and People for a Smarter Planet (#P4SPChat) host a Tweet Chat on the topic of Cognitive Computing on Thursday October 31, 2013 from 12pm-1pm ET.

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Panelists

Our panelists for the Tweet Chat will be Steve Hamm and Dr. Dharmendra Modha.

Steve Hamm, IBM Communications Strategist and Co-Author of Smart Machines: IBM's Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing

Steve Hamm, Co-Author of Smart Machines

Steve Hamm, IBM Communications Strategist, has co-authored a new book, Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Systems with IBM Research Director John E. Kelly III.  It’s the second book that Steve has co-authored at IBM; the first was IBM’s Centennial book, called Making the World Work Better.  Prior to joining IBM in 2009, Steve worked in journalism for 30 years, as a technology writer and editor at San Jose Mercury News, PC Week, and BusinessWeek. He also wrote two additional books, Bangalore Tiger (2006), on the rise of the Indian tech industry, and The Race for Perfect (2008), on innovation in mobile computing.  Learn more about Steve.

Dharmendra Mohda, IBM Research Senior Manager, Cognitive Computing.  Photo Credit:  Tony Avelar/Bloomberg

Dharmendra Mohda, IBM Research Senior Manager, Cognitive Computing. Photo Credit: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg

Dr. Dharmendra Modha is the founder of IBM’s Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research – Almaden and the principal investigator for DARPA SyNAPSE team globally. In this role, Dr. Modha leads a global team across neuroscience, nanoscience and supercomputing to build a computing system that emulate the brain’s abilities for perception, action, and cognition – all while consuming many orders of magnitudes less power and space than today’s computers.  Learn more about Dr. Dharmendra Modha.

So, please join the #GreaterIBM and People for a Smarter Planet (#P4SPChat) Tweet Chat on 10/31/13 from 12pm – 1pm ET as we discuss “Where Will Smarter Machines Take Us?”.  You can join at twubs.com/P4SPchat

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WHERE WILL SMART MACHINES TAKE US questions:

  • Q1: What’s new and different about cognitive computers?
  • Q2: What are some of the major applications and benefits of cognitive computing?
  • Q3: Can computing systems emulate a living brain’s computing efficiency & power usage?
  • Q4: Can computing systems emulate a living brain’s intuition and creativity?
  • Q5: How will cognitive computers and humans collaborate together?

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#GreaterIBM Tweet Chat with IBM People for a Smarter Planet (#P4SPChat)

Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Time: 12pm – 1pm US ET
Join the Tweet Chat: twubs.com/P4SPchat
Hashtags to follow & engage in the conversation in real-time: #GreaterIBM, #P4SPChat

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About #GreaterIBM

The Greater IBM Connection is IBM’s global business and professional network that brings together current and former IBMers around the world.  As the evolving technology industry increasingly calls for relationship led sales, marketing, branding, and recruiting, The Greater IBM Connection provides a tremendous opportunity to stay connected and engaged with market influencers.  We hope you join and contribute today!

About #P4SPChat

Are you interested in talking about building a Smarter Planet? Join us and discuss how businesses, governments and entire industries are adopting technologies to become efficient and effective. Follow the hashtag #P4SPchat.  Tweet Chats are held on an adhoc basis, as scheduled.

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Dr. Dharmendra Modha – Building IBM’s Brain in a Box

Photo Credit:  Qnexis

Photo Credit: Qnexis

““We are fundamentally expanding the boundary of what computers can do.  This could have far reaching impacts on technology, business, government and society.”

IBM’s Watson may have beaten the reigning Jeopardy champions in 2011, but IBM scientists, led by Dr. Dharmendra Modha, are now working on developing new, smart computers designed from the human brain.  The ultimate goal is to build a chip ecosystem with ten billion neurons and a hundred trillion synapses, while consuming just a kilowatt of power and occupying less than a two-liter soda bottle.

Dharmendra Mohda, IBM Research Senior Manager, Cognitive Computing.  Photo Credit:  Tony Avelar/Bloomberg

Dharmendra Modha, IBM Research Senior Manager, Cognitive Computing. Photo Credit: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg

Dr. Dharmendra Modha is the founder of IBM’s Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research – Almaden and the principal investigator for DARPA SyNAPSE team globally. In this role, Dr. Modha leads a global team across neuroscience, nanoscience and supercomputing to build a computing system that emulate the brain’s abilities for perception, action, and cognition – all while consuming many orders of magnitudes less power and space than today’s computers.

Stay tuned for details on a Tweet chat we’ll be hosting with Dharmendra Modha and Steve Hamm on Thursday, October 31.

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Where Will Smart Computers Take Us? Sneak Preview of IBMers’ New Book

smartmachinesbookcoverWhat is the real science happening today behind  artificial intelligence? IBM Communications Strategist and former business and tech journalist Steve Hamm has co-authored a new book on the topic, titled Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Systems.

Co-authored by IBM Research Director John E. Kelly III, the book will be published by Columbia University Press on October 15. It lays out IBM’s vision of the next era of computing, the cognitive era, which we believe will be as different from today’s computing as this period was from the tabulating era.

The book describes what’s happening in cognitive computing, how it’s happening, and what impacts it will have on the economy, business, individuals, and society. It’s a call to action for technologists, scientists, universities, government leaders, tech industry companies, and students to get involved and help to usher in the new era.

Download a free chapter of the book from Columbia University Press

Pre-order the book from Amazon.com

Order directly from Columbia University Press to get a 30% discount – use the discount coupon code SMART.

Read the free chapter and be sure to share it with your social networks!

To learn more about author Steve Hamm, read his interview with The Greater IBM Connection.

In addition, stay tuned for details on a Tweet chat we’ll be hosting with Steve and Dharmendra Modha on Thursday, October 31.

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Interview with Steve Hamm, Co-Author of Book on Cognitive Computing

Steve Hamm, IBM Communications Strategist and Co-Author of Smart Machines: IBM's Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing

Steve Hamm, IBM Communications Strategist and Co-Author of Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Computing

“I want to make the world work better and more sustainably, and IBM can help get that done.”

IBM Communications Strategist Steve Hamm has co-authored with IBM Research Director John E. Kelly III a new book, Smart Machines: IBM’s Watson and the Era of Cognitive Systems.

The book will be published by Columbia University Press on October 15. It lays out IBM’s vision of the next era of computing, the cognitive era.

It’s the second book that Steve has co-authored at IBM; the first was IBM’s Centennial book, called Making the World Work Better.

Prior to joining IBM in 2009, Steve worked in journalism for 30 years, as a technology writer and editor at San Jose Mercury News, PC Week, and BusinessWeek. He also wrote two additional books, Bangalore Tiger (2006), on the rise of the Indian tech industry, and The Race for Perfect (2008), on innovation in mobile computing.

Sneak preview of Smart Machines

Stay tuned for details on a Tweet chat we’ll be hosting with Steve and Dharmendra Modha on Thursday, October 31.

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The Greater IBM Connection: What do you do at IBM?

Steve Hamm: I help shape our marketing and communications strategy, which combines paid (advertising), earned (PR) and owned (content we create ourselves). I focus on the “owned” part. I produce mini-documentary videos and write everything from Tweets to books–including co-authoring IBM’s centennial book, Making the World Work Better, and co-authoring the new book, Smart Machines.

At the highest level, my role at IBM is to help corporate communications make the transition from traditional public relations — communicating through the media — to the new model of communicating directly with our many constituents and influencing people through social media. In addition, I aspire to be IBM’s chief storyteller.

When did you join IBM?

I joined in December of 2009.

Tell us about your career prior to that – how did you come to do what you’re doing now?

I was a journalist for 30 years, starting at small newspapers in Connecticut in the 1980s. I was later the technology editor for the San Jose Mercury News, a writer and editor at PC Week, and a writer and editor at BusinessWeek (12 years there).

I covered the technology industry for 20 years. It seems like I have lived through at least half a dozen tech revolutions.

I wrote two books prior to my time at IBM. Bangalore Tiger (2006) was about the rise of the Indian tech industry. The Race for Perfect (2008) was about innovation in mobile computing.

Previous to my stint in journalism, I owned a small book store in Danbury, Connecticut, and worked in book stores in Manhattan.

I also wrote 1 1/2 novels. Neither the 1 nor the 1/2 was published.

I grew up in a small former coal mining town in Western Pennsylvania and got my education at Carnegie Mellon University.

What was it that interested you about putting your skills/talents into work at IBM?

In my last few years at BusinessWeek, I covered IBM. My main focuses were on innovation and globalization.

When BusinessWeek lost much of its advertising support and McGraw-Hill began shopping it around, I started looking for my next career move. I was attracted to IBM for two reasons: its incredible capabilities as an innovation engine and the Smarter Planet agenda. I want to make the world work better and more sustainably, and IBM can help get that done.

What inspired you to write this book? What was the impetus for creating it, now?

In preparation for IBM’s centennial celebration, John Kelly asked a group at IBM Research to look 100 years into the past to help tell the story of how far IBM had come in its first 100 years. He also asked the group to look 100 years into the future. Where was computing going? That project stimulated a lot of discussions around IBM Research and elsewhere in the company about the future of computing. During the centennial year and thereafter, John gave a series of presentations about the major technology shifts he saw coming.  He said we’re in the midst of a transition from the era of traditional computing, which started in the 1940s, to a new era of computing–which we later began calling the cognitive computing era.

This was the first time since the 1960s that IBM had a comprehensive vision of the future of computing. I told John and some of my communications colleagues that we should write a short book about it. At first, we were planning on doing just an ebook, but after we hooked up with Columbia University Press, the publisher of the business book imprint urged us to make a print version, as well.

Download a free chapter of the book smartmachinesbookcover

Tell us about the collaborative process you, John Kelly, and others used to develop the book.

I began by interviewing John to get the full picture of the vision he was in the process of developing. He suggested a list of people at IBM he thought I should interview. I talked to those people and many more–both inside the company and outside. We decided to go deep on several key technology areas: learning systems, big data analytics, data-centric computing systems and nanotechnology.

I also wanted to look at how cognitive technologies would affect cities in the future. So we organized the book around those topics. I sent sections of the book to John as I completed them, got his feedback, and reworked the chapters.

We also got a lot of help from the editors at Columbia University Press and a handful of university professors who read the draft and sent comments.

What do you see as the book’s particular relevance/importance to IBMers and Greater IBMers? 

To my mind, the era of cognitive systems presents an opportunity for IBM to make big bets on key technologies and to, potentially, become the unrivaled leader in the new era of computing. I think it will take a lot of bravery on the part of IBM’s senior leadership team to be as bold as they will need to be. They’re under incredible pressure from Wall Street to meet short-term financial goals. If IBM goes big on this one, many current employees will have an opportunity to participate in one of the major technology revolutions. Current and former employees who are IBM stockholders could reap big gains if IBM bets big and wins.

When you write that you believe that the cognitive era will be “as different from today’s computing as this period was from the tabulating era”, can you elaborate? What do you suspect will be the most significant difference(s) in people’s day-to-day lives, once cognitive computing has been fully implemented?

Tabulating machines were good at arithmetic and at organizing numbers in rows and columns. Today’s computers are very good at math, organizing and storing routine information, desktop publishing, and presenting Web pages and videos. Cognitive computers will be able to sense, learn, reason, predict and interact with humans in powerful new ways. They’ll help people penetrate complexity, make the most of big data, and make better decisions. They’ll help people live and work better.

Given its enormous impact, what are some ways people can actively prepare for, and get involved in, this new era?

Students and young professionals can study the technology disciplines that feed into cognitive computing, including artificial intelligence, information management, data analytics, systems engineering and nanotechnology. Midi-career professionals can shift into cognitive-related jobs. Individuals can look forward to having information and insights and intelligent agents at their beck and call anywhere and any time.

What is your response to people who fear certain aspects of cognitive computing, or hold inaccurate ideas about how it works and will work?

Some people are afraid that computers will take control, like “Hal” in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey; or that computers will eliminate people’s jobs. It’s true that computer automation has eliminated or transformed many jobs over the past 70 years, but that’s true of all technologies. Cognitive technologies will change people’s jobs, as well, though I think they’ll be primarily augmentative rather than replacing human effort. It’s incumbent on individuals and society to find new skills and opportunities for humans, so people can work in collaboration with computers to do things that neither people nor machines can do well now. At the same time, it’s up to society to prevent machines from asserting too much control over organizations and people’s lives.

What is next for you personally? What does the future hold?

I’m learning about how cognitive computing will change organizations, work and leadership. When I know, I’ll write about it.

What do you do for fun,  in the rest of your non-IBM life? How do you like to spend your free time?

I exercise 1 1/4 hours every morning during the week, which keeps me healthy and happy. On the weekends, I ride my bike, do home maintenance and hang out with my wife, son and friends. My wife, son and I have been binge-watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix.

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IBM Scientists Create Brain-Like Computer Architecture

IBM scientists have unveiled a breakthrough software ecosystem designed for programming silicon chips with an architecture inspired by the function, low power, and compact volume of the brain. The technology could enable a new generation of intelligent sensor networks that mimic the brain’s abilities in perception, action, and cognition.

Dramatically different from traditional software, IBM’s new programming model breaks the mold of sequential operation underlying today’s von Neumann architectures and computers. It is instead tailored for a new class of distributed, highly interconnected, asynchronous, parallel, large-scale cognitive computing architectures.

“Architectures and programs are closely intertwined and a new architecture necessitates a new programming paradigm,” said Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha, Principal Investigator and Senior Manager, IBM Research. “We are working to create a FORTRAN for synaptic computing chips. While complementing today’s computers, this will bring forth a fundamentally new technological capability in terms of programming and applying emerging learning systems.”  Get the rest of the story at IBM.com.

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The Cognitive Computing Era: IBM’s Vision for the Future

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IBM Fellow Kerrie Holley

Computers won’t replace doctors, traffic analysts, or meteorologists anytime soon, but their real-time analytical capabilities can provide essential information to help people employed in these (and many other) fields make better, smarter decisions.

IBM today is testing its powerful cognitive computer systems – computers modeled on the human brain — around the world. The company sees a confluence of factors — Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud, or “SMAC” — that will combine with cognitive systems to have a major impact on 21st-century business, government, and society in general.

In a phone interview with InformationWeek, IBM research fellow Kerrie Holley gave an high-level overview of IBM’s take on SMAC, machine learning, and the sensor-driven Internet of Things, all expected to play starring roles in the new era of cognitive computing. Read more in this article in Information Week.

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