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What Will IBM’s AI Debater Learn from Its Loss?

What Will IBM’s AI Debater Learn from Its Loss?

The utility of IBM’s latest man-versus-machine gambit is debatable. At the very least its Project Debater got us ...

Power Couple: IBM Joins PowerAI Hardware with Watson; Launches Multi-Hybrid AI Services

Power Couple: IBM Joins PowerAI Hardware with Watson; Launches Multi-Hybrid...

As IBM kicked off its annual Think conference, a high-production extravaganza this week in San Francisco, the ...

White House Launches AI Initiative

White House Launches AI Initiative

A Trump administration AI initiative would prioritize federal R&D investments in machine intelligence as a way boosting ...

Banking Sector Embraces Multi-Cloud

Banking Sector Embraces Multi-Cloud

The financial services sector tends to be a bellwether for early adoption of disruptive technologies. For example, ...

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February 14, 2019(0)
The utility of IBM’s latest man-versus-machine gambit is debatable. At the very least its Project Debater got us thinking about the potential uses of artificial intelligence as a way of helping humans sift through all the noise, to make sense of information, misinformation and, increasingly via the hijacking of social media, disinformation. There have been other (fictional) debates between humans ... Full article
February 13, 2019(0)
IBM continued to make inroads into the big bank sector, announcing this morning at its annual Think conference in San Francisco that Banco Santander, the fifth largest bank in Europe with approximately US$1.4 trillion in total assets (as of 2017), has signed a $700 million, five-year global technology digital transformation agreement focused around implementing the bank’s hybrid cloud strategy. ... Full article
February 12, 2019(0)
As IBM kicked off its annual Think conference, a high-production extravaganza this week in San Francisco, the company this morning made a series of AI-related announcements, including the merging of its PowerAI integrated CPU-GPU server line with its cognitive computing flagship IBM Watson, to create what it calls the Watson Machine Learning Accelerator (WML Accelerator), which Big Blue claims ... Full article
February 11, 2019(0)
A Trump administration AI initiative would prioritize federal R&D investments in machine intelligence as a way boosting U.S. economic and national security. The “American AI Initiative” launched via executive order on Monday (Feb. 11) seeks to align early AI investments by science and technology agencies, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), ... Full article
February 7, 2019(0)
The financial services sector tends to be a bellwether for early adoption of disruptive technologies. For example, financial services giant Goldman Sachs played a key role in forging an application container specification in 2015 as the transformative framework was just gathering momentum. A new study commissioned by software vendor Canonical and released this week finds that the financial services sector ... Full article
February 6, 2019(0)
In enterprise AI, C3 (formerly C3 IoT) is amassing an impressive and seemingly unmatched record, one that the company has extended with its latest win, the expansion of a five-year engagement with Enel, Europe’s largest power utility, to encompass nearly 50 million smart meters in homes and businesses. This follows C3 contract wins last year with Royal Dutch Shell, ... Full article
February 6, 2019(0)
APIs, application programming interfaces, have emerged as the mortar that binds the bricks of enterprise IT. Hence, calls for greater API standardization grow louder as companies step up development of agile microservices. The latest evidence comes from a survey of software developers released this week by software development tool vendor SmartBear. The survey of more than 3,000 software developers ... Full article
February 5, 2019(0)
Among the leading “cloud-native” technologies is the Kubernetes container scheduler. Red Hat said this week it has gone a step further down the cloud-native path with the release of a “Kubernetes-native” development environment designed to make collaboration easier for cloud application developers. Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) said its Kubernetes-native, browser-based development environment dubbed CodeReady Workspaces would allow enterprise development ... Full article
February 4, 2019(0)
Among the IT plumbing being automated is the painstaking review of software code via machine learning tools designed to scan source code for inconsistencies while suggesting fixes that promise to speed the review process, thereby getting software updates out the door faster. The Lookout tool released by code analysis specialist source{d} leverages machine learning to model coding “style” based on reviews ... Full article
February 1, 2019(0)
 AI is all the rage and so is AI democratization. Having developed an AI stack only science-level technologists could love, vendors are now courting customers with integrated hardware that would otherwise require a computer scientist and enormous data center investment, and with software that automates data science tasks. In the thick of AI democratization is GPU leader and AI ... Full article
January 23, 2019(0)
Emboldened by strong quarterly earnings and annual guidance, IBM executives again this week portrayed the company’s pending acquisition of open-source leader Red Hat as positioning it to lead the hybrid cloud segment. “When you look at Red Hat, for the first time ever Linux has surpassed Microsoft on operating systems, both on the on-prem side and in the ... Full article
January 23, 2019(0)
For IBM watchers at the advanced scale/HPC/open source/cloud/AI-related end of the technology industry, Big Blue’s release late yesterday of Q4 and 2018 earnings painted a positive picture around the company’s “strategic imperatives,” including IBM Cloud, POWER9 and its AI-related initiatives. Wall Street loved the results: at this writing the stock was up nearly 8 percent on the day to ... Full article
January 22, 2019(0)
Begging forgiveness for the expression of antiquated gender attitudes, we share a passage from Pride & Prejudice (1813): “….no one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word….” “All this she must ... Full article
January 18, 2019(0)
Open-source software is akin to baseball and apple pie: Everyone approves, but few actually back up their commitment with code commits to the open-source community with few or no strings attached. According to a scan of code contributions to projects sponsored by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation  (CNCF), Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) remains by far the largest contributor of code ... Full article
January 16, 2019(0)
STAC (Securities Technology Analysis Center) recently released an "exploratory" benchmark for machine learning which it hopes will evolve into a firm benchmark or suite of benchmarking tools to compare the performance of machine learning and deep learning workflows for financial applications across systems. The new report, Toward Business-driven ML Benchmarks: An NLP example, examined performance on different Google cloud ... Full article
January 10, 2019(0)
Weather prediction is a mercurial endeavor: the constant modeling and re-modeling of incredibly complex systems to a high degree of accuracy at a local level within short timespans. Now, IBM and The Weather Company (an IBM subsidiary) have announced a new weather model that promises “the most accurate local weather forecasts ever seen worldwide.” The IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric ... Full article
January 10, 2019(0)
If 2019 is anything like the previous year, there will be a renewed push for modernization in the data center to alleviate the management complexity, handle the scalability requirements and achieve an improved ROI. We will see storage systems improve to handle the rise in containerized environments, an uptick in software-defined storage solutions and a return to a tried-and-true ... Full article
January 2, 2019(0)
 In our attention-deficit economy, organizations able to grab our attention end up winning. Companies that stand out are those that embrace an insight-driven ethos and build data-competent organizations. They do this by adopting a "deliberate data strategy" that follows these key principles: Love the problem, not the solution Inject intelligence into operations What Is the Attention Economy? In the ... Full article
December 19, 2018(0)
The unclogging of datacenter networks is taking a decidedly open approach that is permeating down to the level of network operating systems and high-capacity optical switches. The latest example of this trend is a deal between networking software specialist Cumulus Networks and FS.COM Inc., a datacenter communications integrator. The partners said this week that FS would integrate a Linux-based ... Full article
December 17, 2018(0)
The majority of enterprise applications are developed and deployed in the cloud, concludes a semi-annual survey on cloud adoption. Cloud Foundry Foundation reported that more than 50 percent of companies it surveyed are developing at least 60 percent of their applications on cloud platform. That total is up sharply—13 percent—from the group’s last survey released in March. The poll ... Full article

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