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

The 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. » 10/29/14 5:00am 10/29/14 5:00am

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

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

The Quantum D-Wave 2 Is 3,600 Times Faster than a Super Computer

Quantum computing is being hailed as the future of data processing, with promises of performing calculations thousands of times faster than modern supercomputers while consuming magnitudes less electricity. And in the span of just two years the only commercially available quantum computer, the D-Wave One, has already… » 3/04/14 11:40am 3/04/14 11:40am

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

Watson Is Going To 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. » 11/14/13 5:15am 11/14/13 5:15am

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

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. » 8/14/13 3:33pm 8/14/13 3:33pm

An 83,000-Processor Supercomputer Can Only Match 1% 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… » 8/06/13 5:20pm 8/06/13 5:20pm

How a Supercomputer May Have Finally Unlocked a Way to Beat HIV

There's no easy answer for HIV; the sly virus uses our own immune cells to its advantage and mutates readily to shrug off round after round of anti-retrovirals. But thanks to the efforts researchers from the University of Illinois and some heavy-duty number crunching from one of the world's fastest petaflop… » 5/31/13 3:06pm 5/31/13 3:06pm

IBM's Watson Has a Boring New Job Answering Phones

After you've used your crazy robot intellect to crush puny meatbags definitively in a game of Jeopardy, it would seem like the world is your oyster. But Watson's not taking trying to take over the world or anything, no. After a trying out medicine and inventing a pastry, he's settling for a boring job in customer… » 5/21/13 10:11am 5/21/13 10:11am

Google and NASA Are Building the Future of AI With a Quantum…

Google and NASA have just announced that they're teaming up to create a laboratory focussed on developing the future of artificial intelligence—using quantum supercomputers. » 5/16/13 6:52am 5/16/13 6:52am

The World's Most Powerful Computer Network Is Being Wasted on Bitcoin

Bitcoin mining machines are insane powerhouses, and they're only getting crazier. How much power is getting sunk into the digital cryptocurrency? More than the world's top 500 supercomputers combined. What a waste. » 5/13/13 10:33am 5/13/13 10:33am

2009's Fastest Supercomputer Goes Dark Today

The world's fastest supercomputer isn't the world's fastest super computer anymore, so it's getting turned off today. At Los Alamos National Laboratory, IBM's Roadrunner is being replaced by a faster, cheaper and more energy efficient computer, Cielo. » 3/31/13 11:00am 3/31/13 11:00am

The World's Fastest Computer Is Being Slowed Down By Too Much Gold

Last November, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer was named the fastest in the world. But it turns out that a few tests were skipped along the way—and now too much gold on its motherboards means it can't run at full tilt. » 3/15/13 9:52am 3/15/13 9:52am

IBM's Watson Got a Job as a Pastry Chef

Super computer Watson can crush puny humans at Jeopardy. It can do a pretty bang-up job as a doctor. It can swear up a storm. Two of those aren't easy for a normal person, but that's not enough for IBM. IBM wants more. And part of it's plan to push Watson to its limits should really get things cooking. Literally. » 3/02/13 5:00pm 3/02/13 5:00pm

How Stanford's Million-Core, Five Dimensional Super Computer Will…

The modern day jet engine may be powerful enough to shuttle travelers across a continent in just six hours but it's also unbearably loud—for both the ground crews that work around them and residents within earshot of airports. And while aircraft engineers are developing quieter designs, building and testing these… » 2/01/13 11:30am 2/01/13 11:30am

America's Titan Supercomputer Is the Fastest in the World

Cray's Titan supercomputer has snatched the title of world's fastest from the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sequoia—and it's cray fast, as you might expect. » 11/13/12 4:55am 11/13/12 4:55am

IBM's Watson Supercomputer Is About to Start Helping Actual People With…

Last year, Watson beat humans in a battle of wits. Starting this fall, IBM's insanely intelligent supercomputer will begin diagnosing patients at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. » 10/16/12 4:20pm 10/16/12 4:20pm