15th Anniversary of Deep Blue Beating Garry Kasparov at a Game of Chess

Today marks the 15th anniversary of IBM’s Deep Blue beating Garry Kasparov at a game of chess.

Since then, IBM has come a long way with their “super computers.” Deep Blue paved the way for Blue Gene and Watson.

The infographic below helps put into perspective how far super computers really have come.

Photo Courtesy of IBM Research

Visit our Facebook page to view a great video of Dr. Murray Campbell on the evolution of IBM’s super computers.

Record Breaking Cyber Monday!

Cyber Monday, as we all know by now, is the Monday following Black Friday.

This year, last year’s record was broken by 22%, with sales totaling $1.25 billion!

The significant increase in sales over just one year shows that consumers are gravitating more and more towards making their purchases from the comfort of their home or office.

Here are some statistics:

  • IBM’s sales were 33% more than in 2010
  • Purchases made through PayPal increased 552% compared to last year
  • Although the total does not include purchases made through mobile devices, sales made using iPhones (4.1%), iPad (3.3%) & Androids (3.2%) increased from last year’s 3.9% to 10.8%

It looks like it’s going to be a jolly holiday for retailers! Happy shopping!

Meet Dr. Watson!

IBM’s Watson is making headlines again, but this time he’s not competing on Jeopardy.

One of the largest health insurance company’s in the U.S., WellPoint Inc., is looking to implement Watson’s capabilities to prescribe medication and provide various treatment options for patients.

This will be done by combining a patient’s medical record chart, the health insurance company’s history on the patient and the medical knowledge that Watson possesses.

Beginning next year, several cancer facilities, academic medical centers and oncology practices will put a pilot program to the test.

To Organize, Or Not To Organize?

A study conducted by IBM Research has found that people who organize their emails into folders have a more difficult time finding what they are looking for than those who do no organization at all.

Users who did no filing were able to find what they were looking for faster by using search tools. Not only did the non-organizers save time when searching, they also eliminate the time spent on organizing.

The study suggests keeping conversations in existing threads instead of beginning new ones to keep your inbox neat.

The formula for success is simple: remain unorganized! Don’t make folders and keep conversations in the same thread.

To view the PDF version of the study, CLICK HERE.

Watson’s Cousin Artemis Could be Saving Lives in the ICU

Artemis, an IBM software similar to Watson, could help prevent hospital-born infections in babies in the ICU.

In a nutshell, the software takes in important information from the vitals of babies and looks for patterns that could help prevent infection.

The implementation of this form of Artificial Intelligence could be beneficial on countless levels and save so many lives.

By the end of the year, two neonatal ICUs in China will implement Artemis.

To read more on Artemis and it’s capabilities, CLICK HERE.