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Now that we’re over a quarter of the way into 2017, it’s time to look at the state of the field. With the versatility of IBM, it’s no surprise that new IBM technology spans a variety of topics.
Here are a few highlights.
Watson & Cognitive Computing
While IBM’s “Watson” is super cool, it also gives creepy flashbacks to anyone who has seen the original Terminator. Watson is a computer system capable of natural language processing (understanding us normal people), and is designed to become smarter with use. This occurs through machine learning techniques (a major field of artificial intelligence) and cognitive computing, a form of computation that builds on previous data and experiences. This means that Watson is constantly learning and improving.
This new IBM technology has a ton of applications, from legal research, financial services, telecommunications and government use. In 2013, IBM announced that Watson technology would actually be used to help decisions in lung cancer treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. IBM has stated that their goal for Watson is “to have computers start to interact in natural human terms across a range of applications and processes, understanding the questions that humans ask and providing answers that humans can understand and justify.”
Open Source Blockchain Technology
The name might seem daunting, but blockchain technology is what it sounds like – a digital ledger that stores a growing “chain” of data “blocks.” These blocks are online transactions, which are typically added to the blockchain in a linear, chronological order. Blockchain technology functions as a database aiming to ensure the security of online transactions by maintaining tamper-proof records. Giving billions of dollars in value to those using it, it’s no surprise that companies like Accenture, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo are also researching this field for their own operations.
The Linux Foundation – famous for its open source projects – has partnered with IBM to advance blockchain application technology. This project is also open source, meaning that it is created by dedicated individuals and developers who are passionate about what they’re doing, and do it free of charge. Open source collaboration will also carry this technology into a cross-industry environment, maximizing its impact. The Linux Foundation asserts this technology is headed in a way that could drastically alter the way that businesses are run.
IBM Analytics on Mobile iOS
iOS users can take advantage of IBM MobileFirst, an application that has transformed over 10 industries and 60 professions. Implemented internationally, this initiative combines IBM’s legacy of powerful analytics with Apple’s usability, security and customer expertise.
Team-based industries may see the most benefit from this new IBM technology, as it allows workers to use their mobile devices to collaborate from the same dataset. Plus, with Watson capabilities, the MobileFirst apps are designed to become even smarter with use, refining the information they present to users. In health care, travel, retail and more, companies are using this technology to transform their business efficiency and productivity. Look out for similar improvements for iPad Pro in the future.
The Green Initiative
IBM has made it their mission to help combat air pollution. Their team is focusing on two places in particular: Johannesburg, South Africa, and New Delhi, India – two cities that represent a significant portion of both the economy and pollution in their respective countries.
This initiative will provide air pollution forecasting, giving locals the opportunity to take preventative measures and avoid exposure when pollution levels are at their worst. This will also help companies and governments make informed decisions about where to locate future industries. The effectiveness of intervention strategies will also be analyzed, and recommendations provided about improving air quality and citizens’ health.
IBM is accomplishing this with their powerful analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cognitive computing technology. Data will be pulled from thousands of sensors in environmental monitoring stations, which will then be processed by self-configuring “smart” technology that constantly improves in accuracy and effectiveness.
They plan to eventually spread this initiative to even greater portions of South Africa and India, providing much-needed insight into the nature and causes of air pollution – and what we can do to mitigate it.
Shopping with Artificial Intelligence
With the help of artificial intelligence (AI), online shopping has become a radically enhanced experience.
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of IBM and Fluid – a software development company dedicated to enhancing brand loyalty and customer satisfaction – customers’ shopping experiences are now being enhanced with AI and cognitive computing. By utilizing IBM’s Watson technology, consumers can experience a natural, dialogue-driven shopping experience with recommendations tailored to their preferences and requirements. This is a revolution in digital retail, combining the customer service found in-store with the convenience of shopping online.
This technology is now being used by The North Face to provide customers with an engaging and personalized shopping experience, with recommendations relevant to their customer’s exact needs.
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