This Cute Dino Toy Is Baby's First AI Pal/Overlord

Look at this little dinosaur toy. Is he cute? Yes. Fun? Definitely. The possible harbinger of humanity's demise? Possibly. That's because CogniToys aren't not normal toys. Green Dino here is powered by IBM's Watson supercomputer, which lets it learn and adapt to your child over time, kind of like a self-aware Furby. » 2/16/15 12:00pm 2/16/15 12:00pm

Anyone Can Now Use IBM's Watson To Crunch Data For Free

You probably know IBM's Watson platform best from its winning performance on Jeopardy. But the supercomputer is more than just a mechanism for IBM to publicly shame smart people. It's arguably the most powerful natural-language supercomputer in the world, and thanks to a new public beta, its number-crunching abilities… » 12/06/14 4:00pm 12/06/14 4:00pm

Your Old Laptop Batteries Could Be Repurposed to Power Lightbulbs

Every year, some 50 million lithium-ion laptop batteries find their way to the trash heap. IBM researchers in India have come up with a better idea. Many of those batteries still contain useable cells, which can be used to keep the lights on in homes without reliable access to the grid. » 12/04/14 2:10pm 12/04/14 2:10pm

IBM's Watson Will Give You Personalized Health Advice Based on Your DNA

IBM wants its supercomputer Watson to help you get healthy—by analyzing 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. » 11/13/14 11:08am 11/13/14 11:08am

This is What Music Made From Tennis Sounds Like

LCD Soundsystem's frontman James Murphy announced an ambitious project last month to turn all the tennis data gathered from the U.S. Open into algorithm-generated music. In total, that would be about 400 hours of music total. » 9/10/14 11:32am 9/10/14 11:32am

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. » 9/05/14 5:00pm 9/05/14 5:00pm

A Bizarre 1937 Corporate Songbook Sings the Praises of All-Glorious IBM

Gather round, loyal workers and company envoys! Doff your caps, freshen your snuff, and pat down your side parts for a rousing singalong from Songs of the IBM, a 1937 book of songs that sing the praises of our illustrious employer: The EVER ONWARD I.B.M. » 8/29/14 10:53am 8/29/14 10:53am

IBM's New Brain-Like Chip Squeezes One Million Neurons Onto a Stamp

Cognitive computing has been one of our most exciting frontiers for years. It's enticing to think that we can someday build a computer that's as powerful and as efficient as a brain. IBM's latest miracle chip just got us closer than ever. » 8/07/14 2:00pm 8/07/14 2:00pm

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'll help military members transition back into civilian life. » 7/28/14 5:00am 7/28/14 5:00am

Carbon Nanotube Transistors That'll Save Moore's Law Are Coming in 2020

Our world of amazingly tiny electronics is about to get even tinier. After a decade of research, IBM says it'll bring carbon nanotube transistors to market by 2020. The company is now readying the technology to take over from silicon transistors, and that opens up a lot of exciting doors. » 7/01/14 10:26am 7/01/14 10:26am

Report: China Wants Its Banks to Stop Using IBM Servers

Chinese and U.S. digitial policies don't always see eye-to-eye, but now China's government agencies, including the People's Bank of China and the Ministry of Finance, are asking the nation's banks to remove the IBM servers over security fears. » 5/28/14 3:45am 5/28/14 3:45am

IBM Sponsored a Major Hollywood Movie About Computers in 1957

In the sixth chapter of his 2010 book The Computer Boys Take Over, Nathan L. Ensmer looks back at the 1957 movie Desk Set within the context of 1950s computing and the fear that one day we'd all be replaced by machines: » 3/19/14 9:19pm 3/19/14 9:19pm

Here Are Some of the Crazy New Recipes IBM's Watson Has Invented

It's a while since IBM's Watson was put to work inventing recipes, but now the fruits of its labors are being cooked up and served out of IBM's new food truck. And the results are... interesting. » 2/27/14 5:10am 2/27/14 5:10am

A Tiny New Chip Promises Internet 400 Times Faster Than Google Fiber

Fast internet is fast. Google Fiber's gigabit connections? That's like driving a sports car compared to the go-cart-speed connection that's probably in your house. But new technology from IBM opens the door for connections that are beyond fast. Comparatively, it's like flying a fighter jet. » 2/12/14 2:24pm 2/12/14 2:24pm

IBM's Graphene Circuit: A Genius Reminder of How Far Graphene Has to Go

IBM's mad scientists have created a graphene-based circuit that's 10,000 times more powerful than existing alternatives. This radio receiver is so sophisticated and futuristic, in fact, that it can... send a text message to your friends. » 1/30/14 1:40pm 1/30/14 1:40pm

IBM's Watson Is Now the Size of 3 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 $1 billion investment, giving the supercomputer its own business division as well as an office in New York City's Astor Place. » 1/09/14 1:20pm 1/09/14 1:20pm

IBM's Fractalizer Turns Any Tumblr Into a Trippy Fractal

IBM's engineers must have been at a loose end, because they've just launched a new site called the IBMblr Fractalizer, which takes any Tumblr and spits it out as a series of fractals. » 11/20/13 6:50am 11/20/13 6:50am

IBM Is Running a Brain Computer On "Electronic Blood"

As part of what we can only assume is preparation for some very intense mad scientist Halloween costumes, IBM has announced a prototype computer that is both powered and cooled by an electrolyte liquid. » 10/20/13 3:29pm 10/20/13 3:29pm

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

While Obama might be having a hell of a time trying to reform healthcare, we perhaps shouldn't worry too much—because IBM's supercomputer Watson is now being used to fix America's shortage of doctors. » 10/15/13 5:20am 10/15/13 5:20am

Coke's "Downtown in a Box" Delivers Clean Water and Wi-Fi to Africa

Coca-Cola's global distribution channels are so well-developed that a Coke can get pretty much anywhere on the planet—even places where there's no access to fresh water. But Coke is working on that, too. As part of its mission to bring drinking water to the communities it serves, the company has developed a… » 10/10/13 12:40pm 10/10/13 12:40pm