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January 10, 2013
Apparently the team responsible for the Jeopardy-playing supercomputer Watson had to do some clean-up work after IBM’s AI learned the contents of Urban Dictionary. The Watson devs thought their AI could benefit from seeing the ways in which humans experiment with and redefine various words, though it apparently just confused Watson on the politeness of a few choice words. While the team may not have been fans of the supercomputer’s penchant for swearing, we’re just glad to see humanity one step closer to bringing Bender Bending Rodriguez into the real world. (Photo via CharlieCurve, ht The Atlantic) source

Apparently the team responsible for the Jeopardy-playing supercomputer Watson had to do some clean-up work after IBM’s AI learned the contents of Urban Dictionary. The Watson devs thought their AI could benefit from seeing the ways in which humans experiment with and redefine various words, though it apparently just confused Watson on the politeness of a few choice words. While the team may not have been fans of the supercomputer’s penchant for swearing, we’re just glad to see humanity one step closer to bringing Bender Bending Rodriguez into the real world. (Photo via CharlieCurve, ht The Atlantic) source

15:35 // 1 year ago
November 20, 2012
Lotus, 3-2-1.
According to Time’s Harry McCracken, the Lotus brand, long associated with the early era of the PC and owned by IBM, will be retired as of the next version of the two still-active flagship apps it was associated with, Notes and Domino. But if you’re not a business computing user, you know them from their once-best-of-class spreadsheet program, Lotus 1-2-3, considered the PC’s first “killer app.” *sigh* *singletear*

Lotus, 3-2-1.

According to Time’s Harry McCracken, the Lotus brand, long associated with the early era of the PC and owned by IBM, will be retired as of the next version of the two still-active flagship apps it was associated with, Notes and Domino. But if you’re not a business computing user, you know them from their once-best-of-class spreadsheet program, Lotus 1-2-3, considered the PC’s first “killer app.” *sigh* *singletear*

19:16 // 1 year ago
April 2, 2012
OS/2: IBM’s attempt at building an operating system turns 25
IBM and Microsoft worked together on it … at first. It seems like a footnote now, but for over a decade, IBM put a lot of work into creating a great operating system. Problem is, while it worked really well, it wasn’t very flashy, and IBM didn’t really know how to promote it outside of its big-business strongholds, and left the task to Microsoft, which had its own vested interests. As a result, a flashier operating system that had weaker fundamentals — Windows, that is — eventually gained market share. Even though OS/2 never caught on outside of a handful of niches such as ATMs and big businesses, it had its supporters, and by the mid-1990s really hit its stride. (Our family even used it as our primary OS for a few months. — Ed.) It even had a celebrity supporter: Howard Stern once backed the OS on the air, saying it was better than Windows 95. Did you rock OS/2 back in the day like Howard Stern?

OS/2: IBM’s attempt at building an operating system turns 25

IBM and Microsoft worked together on it … at first. It seems like a footnote now, but for over a decade, IBM put a lot of work into creating a great operating system. Problem is, while it worked really well, it wasn’t very flashy, and IBM didn’t really know how to promote it outside of its big-business strongholds, and left the task to Microsoft, which had its own vested interests. As a result, a flashier operating system that had weaker fundamentals — Windows, that is — eventually gained market share. Even though OS/2 never caught on outside of a handful of niches such as ATMs and big businesses, it had its supporters, and by the mid-1990s really hit its stride. (Our family even used it as our primary OS for a few months. — Ed.) It even had a celebrity supporter: Howard Stern once backed the OS on the air, saying it was better than Windows 95. Did you rock OS/2 back in the day like Howard Stern?

22:38 // 2 years ago
October 30, 2011
8bitfuture:

IBM hopes to simulate human brain in nine years.
IBM’s Blue Brain Project has spent the last six years aiming to replicate the function of a human brain using supercomputers. At the last milestone two years ago, the group simulated the brain of a cat.
Now a new research paper is claiming the “dawn of a new era in the scale of cortical simulations”, by announcing that 4.5% of a working human brain has been replicated using 147,456 processors
The current schedule is set to have the simulated human brain 100% complete by 2019, using 880,000 processors.

They already ruined Ken Jennings’ career; might as well go for the full kill and take out society in the process. At the least they can do, they might as well replace Steve Jobs.

8bitfuture:

IBM hopes to simulate human brain in nine years.

IBM’s Blue Brain Project has spent the last six years aiming to replicate the function of a human brain using supercomputers. At the last milestone two years ago, the group simulated the brain of a cat.

Now a new research paper is claiming the “dawn of a new era in the scale of cortical simulations”, by announcing that 4.5% of a working human brain has been replicated using 147,456 processors

The current schedule is set to have the simulated human brain 100% complete by 2019, using 880,000 processors.

They already ruined Ken Jennings’ career; might as well go for the full kill and take out society in the process. At the least they can do, they might as well replace Steve Jobs.

(Source: scientificamerican.com, via thenextweb)

9:38 // 2 years ago
August 12, 2011
They’re going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.
Mark Dean, IBM’s Middle East and Africa CTO • Talking about PCs. This is the one of the guys who originally designed the IBM PC, which has set the basic template for most desktop computers for roughly 30 years now. He goes on to say that he didn’t ever think that he’d witness its decline. “It’s becoming clear that innovation flourishes best not on devices but in the social spaces between them, where people and ideas meet and interact,” he said. And it’s true — think about all of the different devices we use today. The PC did start it all, but this article highlights why it’s evident that the PC is on its way out. source (viafollow)
21:09 // 3 years ago
October 6, 2010
Our report contains straightforward, proven ways to pare back $1 trillion from the deficit while increasing productivity and enabling sustainable competitiveness.
Dell CEO Michael Dell • Regarding the suggestions the Technology CEO Council has for the President regarding reining in the national debt. Dell, whose own company knows something about leveraging partnerships and cutting corners in the money-saving process, is one of many CEOs backing the plan, which reportedly would cut debt by around $1 trillion in a decade using such methods as consolidating and standardizing processes, using virtualization and cutting energy usage. The methods have already been in use at many of the companies and have already shown results. Will Obama take the bait? source (via)
20:28 // 3 years ago