A few weeks after announcing the creation of its business unit Watson Health to use its cognitive computing system in the medical field, IBM has announced new partnerships in this initiative. Fourteen cancer institutes will work together with IBM to achieve progress particularly in the field of genomics and offer their patients more personalized treatments.
Google announced the Patent Purchase Promotion, an experimental initiative to fight the phenomenon of patent trolling, the use of patents for the sole purpose of restricting competition and to obtain money through lawsuits or through agreements following threats of such actions. In this case, Google asked holders of American patents willing to sell them to submit their requests with the price. That’s meant to prevent them from ending up in the hands of patent trolls.
A few days ago the fundraising campaign for “Descent: Underground” ended. It’s a video game of the first-person-shooter (FPS) type, a reboot of the classic video game “Descent”. The fundraising was conducted using the crowdfunding method on the famous Kickstarter website. In order to proceed with the funding it was necessary to raise $600,000 and they raised $601.773.
IBM’s cognitive computing system Watson has already been used in recent years in health projects. In recent days, IBM announced a new commitment in this field with the creation of the business unit Watson Health devoted to developing solutions to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care by customizing it to individual needs.
In recent years, IBM has been adapting the technology of its cognitive computing system Watson to many different activities. Lately, it’s also launching Chef Watson, a version of this intelligence artificial that specializes in inventing new recipes. The idea is to get it to recognize people’s tastes to provide customized recipes.
Cognitive computing aims to reproduce human thought. In the case of recipes, the process is called “cognitive cooking”. For the training necessary to make it learn this art, Chef Watson analyzed thousands of recipes including the database of 9,000 recipes of the magazine “Bon Appétit” and studied the Wikipedia files to learn associations among different ingredients and different cuisines.