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IBM launches Watson Discovery Advisor to help researchers

IBM announced Watson Discovery Advisor, a cloud service that uses the technology of the Watson artificial intelligence system devoted to research. The purpose is to assist researchers in testing their hypotheses and draw conclusions to accelerate their work. Watson’s ability to analyze massive amounts of data will find patterns and connections very quickly.
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Google presents Mesa, a super data warehousing system

Google has published a paper about Mesa, its new data warehousing system, used specifically to handle its online advertising business data. It’s a system used to create reports and analyzes for the company mangers. Due to the enormous amounts of data managed globally by Google, it’s a very complex system, requiring something more than other systems created by Google over the years.
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A computer program was able to pass for a human being

In a test performed on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Royal Society in London, a software called Eugene Goostman passed the Turing test. Chatting with a number of judges, 33% of them have mistaken the program for a human being, specifically a 13 year old Ukrainian boy. Its creators gave him a fictitious past to be able to answer personal questions in a consistent manner.
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A fundraising for VoCore, a coin-sized computer

In recent years we’ve been seeing an extraordinary proliferation of very small computers that have low costs but really interesting potential. A project that is raising funds via the crowdfunding method on the IndieGoGo website is VoCore, which has the purpose of producing large quantities of a coin-sized computer, less than one square inch (25 mm x 25 mm).
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IBM acquired the artificial intelligence company Cognea for its Watson system

IBM has acquired for its Watson group, the business unit that develops the eponymous artificial intelligence system, the startup Cognea, which works in just that field. The figure paid for the acquisition hasn’t been disclosed. Cognea develops software for artificial intellegenza to create virtual employees that can work as a personal assistant, coach or as an employee of other types. For IBM, this is another step towards the use of Watson in companies.
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Illustris is a very sophisticated simulation of the universe history

A group of researchers coordinated by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) published in the journal “Nature” the results of the most sophisticated simulation of the universe ever produced. It’s Illustris, a project that led to the creation of a model to faithfully reproduce the evolution of the universe from 12 million years after the Big Bang to the present day.
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