IBM announced a leap forward in the realization of carbon nanotubes circuits. It’s one of the most promising technologies in electronics but so far many problems in its practical application prevented its practical use. IBM now claims to have discovered a way to use it to create transistors to replace the current silicon-based ones.
In recent days, IBM announced more news about Watson Health, the business unit officially opened in April 2015 with the aim of exploiting its Watson cognitive computing system in the medical field. Deborah DiSanzo was named general manager of Watson Health, which will have its headquarters in Kendall Square, an area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. IBM also announced new collaborations and new cloud services.
D-Wave Systems, a company specializing in quantum computers, has announced the general availability of a new model, the D-Wave 2X™. It’s equipped with a new type of processor of which information started getting released some months ago that passes the barrier of 1,000 qubits. This new system is credited of performances unthinkable for classical computers but certainly there will be controversy like the ones that over the years accompanied the D-Wave systems.
IBM has announced its plans to buy Merge Healthcare, the producer of a medical image management platform. The transaction, which costs a billion dollars that will be paid in cash, aims to provide IBM Watson’s system of cognitive computing the ability to manage medical images as part of the Watson Health project. This ability to “see” can potentially allow the Watson system to make a big leap forward.
The story of the destruction of the hitchhiking robot hitchBOT (photo ©Archie) in Philadelphia spread quickly on the Internet. The story was peculiar because the protagonist was a robot but it seemed that its misfortune was the result of a vulgar act of vandalism, especially after a video of its destruction popped up on the Internet. Instead, the analysis of the video proves that it’s a fake so now the story turned into a mistery with two suspects.