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Many servers, supercomputers and other monster systems thrive on high-speed RAM to keep things running smoothly, but this memory is wildly expensive -- and that limits not just the number of nodes in these clusters, but who can use them. MIT researchers may have a much more affordable approach in...

July 12th 2015 at 7:28pm 0 Comments
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Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson is a collaboration between IBM and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Once a week, as part of an ongoing series, we'll be preparing one recipe from the book until we've made all of them. Wish us luck. Before taking the helm at Vogue, where she...

May 15th 2015 at 4:45pm 0 Comments
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Just because you can collect a lot of information about your health doesn't mean that you can easily make sense of it. How do you connect the dots between, say, your smartwatch and your medical records? IBM thinks it has the answer: it's launching Watson Health Cloud, a platform that uses the comp...

April 13th 2015 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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IBM's Watson learning computer system isn't just content with making the occasional meal -- it has a whole slew of recipes lined up. The tech company is launching Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson, a cookbook based on Watson's knack for combining food in a way that produces unique (and typically...

April 12th 2015 at 12:12pm 0 Comments
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IBM's publicity-loving supercomputer Watson has a new job in Japan for wireless carrier SoftBank doing... something? Its job description is vague so far, but first it'll need to learn Japanese, no small feat for a machine that has remained mostly occidental so far. Watson is first and foremost a c...

February 10th 2015 at 10:04am 0 Comments
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Watson has gone a long way since its Jeopardy days. From that time, it has helped with cancer research, created its own recipes, pored over medical records and even reintroduced soldiers to civilian life. Sounds like IBM has even bigger plans for the supercomputer, though: the company has just lau...

October 8th 2014 at 6:10am 0 Comments
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IBM's Watson promises to usher in a new era of "cognitive computing," but, so far, all the system has demonstrated is a knack for game shows. Now, however, IBM has announced Watson Discovery Advisor, a cloud-based service that'll enable researchers to harness those smarts to do more than put Ken J...

August 28th 2014 at 9:27am 0 Comments
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Small, eco-friendly optical supercomputers may soon be crunching quadrillions of calculations per second (exaflops) if a company called Optalysys has its way. It claims to be months away from demonstrating a prototype optical computer that will run at 346 gigaflops to start with -- not as fast as...

August 8th 2014 at 5:55am 0 Comments
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Conventional recipe apps are all well and good if you're not sure what to eat in the first place, but what if you're looking to experiment? IBM thinks its Watson supercomputer can offer some advice, so it's teaming up with the editors at Bon Appétit to test Chef Watson, an app that leans on...

July 1st 2014 at 6:05pm 0 Comments
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We know through first-hand experience that IBM's Watson supercomputer can make a fine meal, but it's apparently an ace at condiments, too. Fast Company has tried Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce, a recipe chosen by Watson to maximize flavor through complimentary (and fairly uncommon) ingredients. The...

May 27th 2014 at 12:11pm 0 Comments