From Crowdfunding To Open Access, Startups Are Experimenting With Academic Research
These days may well be the next golden age for universities, and startups are leading the way. For institutions that can feel much like their counterparts from a thousand years ago, universities have witnessed breathtaking change in just a handful of years.
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Today’s complicated organizations are now facing increasingly complex business environments that require agility in simultaneously learning and working. Typical strategies of optimizing existing business processes or cost reductions only marginally improve the organization’s effectiveness. Faster markets challenge the organization’s ability to react to customer demand. Decision-making becomes paralyzed by process-based operations and chains of command and control. — Industrial disease | Harold Jarche (via fredericw)
We’re leaving the lab and heading to the kitchen.
Ever since the first caveman dipped a mastodon leg in a beehive and pronounced it good, humans have relied on intuition and trial and error to decide which ingredient combinations will create delicious new recipes. Now, IBM cognitive computing is helping the Institute of Culinary Education’s chefs create delicious new dishes faster. Follow along to see what unique tastes they cook up.
Pathgatheris an enterprise learning platform that connects the workforce around professional and personal development. It allows employees to discover, recommend and review the best learning content, track their learning progress and share learning paths with coworkers. The education field is always competitive and Pathgather brought a new angle to the standard professional development software that many companies are using.
Online learning has been anonymous and impersonal for too long. On Pathgather, employees share achievements, set public goals, and recommend helpful resources. The end result is a social learning environment that motivates and accelerates personal development.
IBM revealed a more than $1 billion cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) investment on Monday, opening its middleware to the cloud for the first time and bolstering the connectivity of enterprise applications and data to the cloud. The investment was disclosed to more than 9,000 clients, partners and developers at IBM’s Feb. 23-26 cloud conference in Las Vegas, which kicked off in earnest on Monday. The investment starts with IBM’s launch of “BlueMix,” codename for a new PaaS, open beta, that combines IBM’s software, third-party and open technologies. BlueMix will be providing DevOps in the cloud to facilitate effective and rapid construction of enterprise applications by developers, independent firms and enterprise teams. BlueMix runs on SoftLayer’s global cloud platform. — IBM Unveils $1 Billion Platform-as-a-Service Investment - TheStreet
IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet | Collective-Evolution
A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to 5,000X, that’s huge. The process of trapping the sunlight produces water that can be used to produce filtered drinkable water, or used for other things like air conditioning etc. Scientists envision that the HCPVT system could provide sustainable energy and fresh water to communities all around the world.
It would take one doctor 10,000 weeks to read and understand 10 million patient files. Watson does that in 15 seconds. Allowing doctors to focus on what’s most important. You.
File this under “everything is getting connected” in the Internet of Things section.
AT&T teams with IBM, Linux Foundation to get cities onboard with Internet of things -
Imagine a city where all the buses run on time and traffic never backs up. AT&T and IBM (and a whole bunch of others) want to make that dream come true.
(via Forget Wireless Cites … the Entire Globe Will Be Connected Soon | StateTech Magazine)
Outernet and Project Loon are just two examples of initiatives to connect the entire world to the web.
Brightup Is A Smart Home Lighting System That Works With Your Existing Bulbs And Lamps
Darrell Etherington, techcrunch.com
Smart home lighting is a growing field, with entrants including Philips and LIFX, but one other new contender has a different approach that might appeal more to some. The Brightup system consists of plug socket hardware and in-wall…
If good things come in small packages, then nothing compares to this valentine made by IBMers with just a handful of atoms.
Happy Valentine’s Day!