A Smarter Planet

Sep 19

A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them
John Biggs, techcrunch.com
Robots need love, too. That’s why MIT researchers have added a touch-force sensor to the robotic Baxter, allowing him to register gentle caresses, tender hand-holding, and the sense the he is loved and in love. Okay, not really. But now Baxter, a…

A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them
John Biggs, techcrunch.com

Robots need love, too. That’s why MIT researchers have added a touch-force sensor to the robotic Baxter, allowing him to register gentle caresses, tender hand-holding, and the sense the he is loved and in love. Okay, not really. But now Baxter, a…

How One Georgia School District Delivers Smarter Education
Guest, asmarterplanet.com
By Heather Gibbs-Poe How can technology empower education?Much has been said about transforming education, but with nearly 3 million U.S. high school students dropping out each year – some 8,300 per day – it’s clear that our education…

How One Georgia School District Delivers Smarter Education
Guest, asmarterplanet.com

By Heather Gibbs-Poe
How can technology empower education?Much has been said about transforming education, but with nearly 3 million U.S. high school students dropping out each year – some 8,300 per day – it’s clear that our education…

Sep 18

India Wants To Build Massive Digital Infrastructure To Cover 800 Million Rural Citizens by 2019
Saritha Rai, forbes.com
A $17-billion government program to build a national optical fiber network that will connect India’s gram panchayats, or village-level governments, aims to cover the entire country in three years and could be a game changer, an Indian minister tol…

India Wants To Build Massive Digital Infrastructure To Cover 800 Million Rural Citizens by 2019
Saritha Rai, forbes.com

A $17-billion government program to build a national optical fiber network that will connect India’s gram panchayats, or village-level governments, aims to cover the entire country in three years and could be a game changer, an Indian minister tol…

Sep 17

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China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America | Vox
The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.

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China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America | Vox

The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.

Watson Ushers in Era of Analytics for All
Guest, asmarterplanet.com
IBM Big Data and Analytics Vice president Inhi Cho Suh demonstrates Watson Analytics, a new cloud service powered by IBM’s Watson cognitive computing technology.By Alistair RennieJust as programmable computing changed the human landscape ov…

Watson Ushers in Era of Analytics for All
Guest, asmarterplanet.com

IBM Big Data and Analytics Vice president Inhi Cho Suh demonstrates Watson Analytics, a new cloud service powered by IBM’s Watson cognitive computing technology.By Alistair RennieJust as programmable computing changed the human landscape ov…

Smart thermostat maker Ecobee pokes Nest with a striking redesign
By Josh Lowensohn, theverge.com
Lombard co-founded Ecobee, a Canadian company that made the world’s first Wi-Fi-connected thermostat, only to spend the past three years watching the world fawn over its competitor Nest’s futuristic design. Today the company is unveiling its answe…

Smart thermostat maker Ecobee pokes Nest with a striking redesign
By Josh Lowensohn, theverge.com

Lombard co-founded Ecobee, a Canadian company that made the world’s first Wi-Fi-connected thermostat, only to spend the past three years watching the world fawn over its competitor Nest’s futuristic design. Today the company is unveiling its answe…

Sep 16

IBM Hopes To Lure New Data-Hungry Customers With Freemium Watson Analytics Tool

IBM IBM +0.6% wants more companies to work with their data through Big Blue, and it’s hoping a freemium model will lower the barrier for entry to get them on board.

The company announced a Watson Analytics tool on Tuesday that allows companies to upload data to the IBM cloud for free and then receive what the company claims will be predictive insights for businesspeople to use. If successful, Watson Analytics should work for companies that don’t have a data scientist.

“Watson Analytics is a tool to let every business user harness all the power we can deliver,” says Alistair Rennie, general manager of business analytics. “What deals am I most likely to win? What sector will be busiest in the next month?”

IBM Hopes To Lure New Data-Hungry Customers With Freemium Watson Analytics Tool

IBM IBM +0.6% wants more companies to work with their data through Big Blue, and it’s hoping a freemium model will lower the barrier for entry to get them on board.

The company announced a Watson Analytics tool on Tuesday that allows companies to upload data to the IBM cloud for free and then receive what the company claims will be predictive insights for businesspeople to use. If successful, Watson Analytics should work for companies that don’t have a data scientist.

“Watson Analytics is a tool to let every business user harness all the power we can deliver,” says Alistair Rennie, general manager of business analytics. “What deals am I most likely to win? What sector will be busiest in the next month?”

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Questions, prepare to meet answers.Indecision could soon be on the endangered list. Watson Analytics is bringing a new breakthrough cognitive service to take on big data. Got a keyboard and a web connection? Just ask your question and out comes the insight for better decision-making. No fancy statistics language required. Get the scoop →

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Questions, prepare to meet answers.
Indecision could soon be on the endangered list. Watson Analytics is bringing a new breakthrough cognitive service to take on big data. Got a keyboard and a web connection? Just ask your question and out comes the insight for better decision-making. No fancy statistics language required. Get the scoop 

IBM Watson Analytics - Overview
Get better data
IBM® Watson™ Analytics helps you find and improve data sets with the touch of a button.
Understand your business
Watson Analytics brings an engaging analytics experience in conversational terms you can understand.
Whether you have a question to answer, an assumption to test or you are not sure what you want, Watson Analytics has you covered.

IBM Watson Analytics - Overview

Get better data

IBM® Watson™ Analytics helps you find and improve data sets with the touch of a button.


Understand your business

Watson Analytics brings an engaging analytics experience in conversational terms you can understand.

Whether you have a question to answer, an assumption to test or you are not sure what you want, Watson Analytics has you covered.

Sep 14

Astrophysicist Invents a $110 Earthquake Warning System
Katie Sola, mashable.com
In the early hours of Aug. 24, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake jolted Californians awake in terror across the Bay Area. But one UC Berkeley professor received five seconds of warning from a $110 homemade device. Now, Josh Bloom has gone public with his…

Astrophysicist Invents a $110 Earthquake Warning System
Katie Sola, mashable.com

In the early hours of Aug. 24, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake jolted Californians awake in terror across the Bay Area. But one UC Berkeley professor received five seconds of warning from a $110 homemade device. Now, Josh Bloom has gone public with his…

Sep 12

How are Millennials changing the workplace? Join Stowe Boyd @stoweboyd & @IBMIBV to chat about the #FutureofWork 9/16 @ 2pm EST.

How are Millennials changing the workplace? Join Stowe Boyd @stoweboyd & @IBMIBV to chat about the #FutureofWork 9/16 @ 2pm EST.

IBM’s ‘Ninja Particles’ could stop the rise of superbugs
Joseph Volpe, engadget.com
IBM Research’s Jim Hedrick has a great job. His work on polymers — those repeating chains of macromolecules that make up most things in our world, like the computer or phone you’re reading this on — has led to the creation of substances with Mar…

IBM’s ‘Ninja Particles’ could stop the rise of superbugs
Joseph Volpe, engadget.com

IBM Research’s Jim Hedrick has a great job. His work on polymers — those repeating chains of macromolecules that make up most things in our world, like the computer or phone you’re reading this on — has led to the creation of substances with Mar…

Why Machine Vision Is On Track To Surpass Human Sight
Lauren Orsini, readwrite.com
Computers are now almost as good at visual object recognition as people are.The proof is in the ImageNet Large-Scale Visual Recognition Challenge, an annual contest for scientists attempting to developing a robotic equivalent to human vision.…

Why Machine Vision Is On Track To Surpass Human Sight
Lauren Orsini, readwrite.com

Computers are now almost as good at visual object recognition as people are.

The proof is in the ImageNet Large-Scale Visual Recognition Challenge, an annual contest for scientists attempting to developing a robotic equivalent to human vision.…

Sep 11

Internet-Connected Machines Might Find Their Voices With This Chip

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by Michael Keller

A future covered with data-beaming sensors just got a little closer. Stanford engineers say they have produced miniscule chips that cost just pennies to make. These silicon-based components can process and relay commands, making them ant-sized controllers that can send and receive information wirelessly.  Developers say the chips bridge the communication gap between sensors, machines and computers and will let them communicate back and forth.  

Electrical engineer Amin Arbabian says the devices he has created are powered by the radio signals they are tuned to receive, so they don’t need any external power sources.

"The next exponential growth in connectivity will be connecting objects together and giving us remote control through the web," said Arbabian. "How do you put a bi-directional wireless control system on every lightbulb? By putting all the essential elements of a radio on a single chip that costs pennies to make."

"We’re ultimately talking about connecting trillions of devices."

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