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02.10.15 Prachi Gupta

The supercomputer technology that previously won Jeopardy is now heading to Japan to learn Japanese and develop cognitive abilities, the New York Times reports. With Japan’s SoftBank, IBM’s Watson will be able to perform “human-seeming tasks” like “parsing language, interacting in sympathetic ways and deducing important contextual information from huge amounts of data.” The hope […]

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08.13.14 Sophie Weiner

Boston police used mass facial surveillance technology on thousands of attendees at last year’s Boston Calling festival, Dig Boston reports this month. Employing existing security cameras, the program scanned people for recognizable characteristics, like “height, clothing, and skin color.” The documents uncovered by Dig, which have been online for nearly a year, show that the city’s partnership with IBM […]

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11.18.13 Kyle Petreycik

Benoît Mandelbrot was a research fellow initally hired by IBM during the 1960s put on the task of removing excess noise from telephone calls, but more importantly, he was the “father of fractal geometry.” In the short film above, Mandelbrot speaks in great depth about his intense love of mathematics, which led to his discovery of […]

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