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IMB’s Watson in the boardroom.


Watson, the IBM supercomputer, might replace the loudmouth in your business meetings

While plenty of modern conference rooms are outfitted with technology, IBM is imagining a future in which computers figure into office meetings not only as tools but as active participants.


According to the MIT Technology Review, IBM is testing the idea at a lab where everything said in a demo room lined with microphones can be transcribed, and in some cases synthesized, by Watson, the Jeopardy! champion supercomputer.Participants can ask Watson for something as simple as a statistic, or as complex as a list of acquisition targets based on its understanding of a pre-meeting strategy memo and a set of verbal conditions (“Watson, show me companies between $15 million and $60 million in revenue relevant to that strategy” is an example from the article).


In the demo, Watson was able to make further suggestions on companies to eliminate from the group of potential targets, essentially generating a shortlist. In time, the software might be able to log contributions of different people to a meeting, or fact-check statements.

Full Story: Quartz

This is a rather interesting look at exactly what the finer detail of a computer chip looks like.


Zoom Into a Microchip

It is absolutely crazy how tiny we can make things today.

What we’re seeing here is a standard microchip, older though in principle the same as modern cell phone chip.

At the micro level we’re dealing with this comparison:

"A micron is 1 millionth of a meter, 10-6 or 10-3 of a millimeter. Very tiny. It is abbreviated with the greek letter for M, or the mu."

It takes 100,000 Microns to equal about 4 inches and toward the end of the set we’re in the 1 micron range.

(via science-in-a-jar)

A look at the history of computing.


A Visual History of Computing

A brief explanation of what Quantum Computing is all about.


Quantum Computers Animated

Theoretical Physicists John Preskill and Spiros Michalakis describe how things are different in the Quantum World and how that can lead to powerful Quantum Computers.

More at:

Animated by Jorge Cham:
Featuring: John Preskill and Spiros Michalakis

Produced in Partnership with the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter ( at Caltech with funding provided by the National Science Foundation.

Animation Assistance: Meg Rosenburg
Transcription: Noel Dilworth

[via scienceblogs]

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IBM is looking for apps for its digital brain (SyNAPSE).


Coding cognition: IBM needs apps for its digital brain

IBM wants to see researchers writing programs for the digital equivalent of a human brain. It’s a lofty, almost sci-fi task that’s likely a far way out, but IBM announced on Wednesday that it had made some significant steps toward making it happen: it’s been developing just such a digital brain, and it’s releasing the very first toolkit to let developers start using it. 

(via we-are-star-stuff)

An interesting clip looking at the future of programming.


References for “The Future of Programming”

Bret Victor / July 30, 2013

Optical memory may be the next leap forward.


German Scientists Create Optical Memory, Stopping Light in a Crystal for a Full Minute

To stop light, the German researchers use a technique called electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT).

They start with a cryogenically cooled opaque crystal of yttrium silicate doped with praseodymium. A control laser is fired at the crystal, triggering a complex quantum-level reaction that turns it transparent.

A second light source (the data/image source) is then beamed into the now-transparent crystal. The control laser is then turned off, turning the crystal opaque.

Not only does this leave the light trapped inside, but the opacity means that the light inside can no longer bounce around — the light, in a word, has been stopped.

With nowhere to go, the energy from the photons is picked up by atoms within the crystal, and the “data” carried by the photons is converted into atomic spin excitations.

To get the light back out of the crystal, the control laser is turned back on, and the spin excitations are emitted at photons. These atomic spins can maintain coherence (data integrity) for around a minute, after which the light pulse/image fizzles. 

(via Light stopped completely for a minute inside a crystal: The basis of quantum memory | ExtremeTech ht Singularitarian)