supercomputers

IBM's Watson Will Give You Personalised Health Advice Based On Your DNA

IBM wants its supercomputer Watson to help you get healthy — by analysing your genes. A startup called Pathway Genomics is teaming up with IBM to create a fitness and diet tracking app that uses DNA sequencing and Watson’s intelligence to give custom health recommendations.


UK's New Weather Supercomputer Could Predict Rain In Your Street

The UK’s Met Office has just announced that it’s taking delivery of a new $150 million supercomputer — one that will be able to predict the weather accurately enough to know what it will be like on the very road you live on.


This Cocktail Concocted By IBM's Watson Isn't Half Bad

The surreal strength of IBM’s famous supercomputer, Watson, is now available to the public (for a fee). And to mark the occasion, the company threw a little party last week and served a very blue cocktail. Naturally, I whipped up my own slight variation when I got back to the office. I call it the Big Blue Hurricane.


Watson's First Consumer Role: Helping Military Vets Become Civilians

The USAA has announced that it’s recruiting IBM’s Watson for its first-ever consumer-facing application — and it will help military members transition back into civilian life.


IBM's Supercomputers Discovered A New Kind Of Plastic

Scientists from IBM Research have discovered “a new class of polymer materials” — plastic composites, regularly used in smartphones and laptops and cars and planes — that could potentially transform almost every electronic device you use every day. The new plastics are entirely recyclable, can self-heal, and are incredibly strong and light.


IBM's Watson Is Now The Size Of Three Pizza Boxes -- It's Also A Billionaire

IBM just put the pedal to the metal on Watson’s crawl towards relevance. The company just announced a $US1 billion investment, giving the supercomputer its own business division as well as an office in New York City’s Astor Place.


Watson Will Be Open For Public Use On The Cloud

Watson was always going to be more than just a successful game show contestant. Now, the computer is about to take on anything and everything, as it opens itself up to the public on the cloud.


IBM's Watson Is Planning To Fix America's Healthcare System

While Barack Obama might be having a hell of a time trying to reform healthcare in the United States, Americans perhaps shouldn’t worry too much. IBM’s supercomputer Watson is now being used to fix America’s shortage of doctors.


CERN's Voltron For Computers Now Supports Android Devices

For the past five years, the mad scientists at CERN have been connecting their computers to colleagues’ around the world to pool their processing power. This so-called Worldwide Grid turns a regular old desktop into a supercomputer by just plugging in. Now it will do the same with smartphones and tablets.


An 83,000-Processor Supercomputer Only Matched One Per Cent Of Your Brain

You’ve undoubtedly heard over and over again about what an absurdly complex entity the human brain is. But a new breakthrough by Japanese and German scientists might finally drive the point home. Taking advantage of the almost 83,000 processors of one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, the team was able to mimic just one per cent of one second’s worth of human brain activity — and even that took 40 minutes.


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