Informatics

The tumor board at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida (Photo courtesy EPIC Creative)

The ASCO 2017, the annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), new data were presented regarding the experimentation of Watson for Oncology, the version of IBM’s cognitive computing system trained to recognize the symptoms of various forms of cancer and suggest a therapy. Developed within the Watson Health business unit, it showed a level of agreement with human doctors that reached 96% in cases of lung cancer.

The Machine prototype (Photo courtesy HPE. All rights reserved)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) presented a prototype of “The Machine”, the computer of the future announced in June 2014. It is a single-memory computer, which means it exceeds the division between RAM and mass memory with its 160 TB (TeraByte) memory, more than that of servers. However, this is not a memtor, the technology being developed that should best combine the benefits of RAM and mass memory.

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X (Image courtesy Intel)

Intel has communicated the availability of the first product of the new generation of SSDs based on its 3D XPoint technology announced about two years ago and developed with Micron. The Optane SSD DC P4800X has a capacity of 375 GB and promises much higher performances than SSDs based on NAND flash technology, so much that it can even be used as RAM. All this at a very high price because the product has been announced for sale at $1,520.

A screenshot from the "Backyard Worlds: Planet 9" website

The new “Backyard Worlds: Planet 9” initiative by NASA and various American institutions along with the Zooniverse platform was announced to allow anyone connected to the Internet to participate in the search for the ninth planet of the solar system. You can connect to the project’s website, examine images captured by the WISE space telescope and report any moving objects.