Author Archives: Nadeem Saleh

The cognitive cloud? IBM rolls out Watson-as-a-service

Otto writes: IBM announced last week it has moved its cognitive computing system into the cloud to form the Watson Discovery Advisor, allowing researchers, academics and anyone else trying to leverage big data the ability to test programs and hypotheses at speeds never before seen. Since Watson is built to understand the nuance of natural language, this new service allows researchers to process millions of data points normally impossible for humans to handle. This can reduce project timelines from years to weeks or days. The ability to understand natural language queries is a big deal. You can ask, for example: “I’m ...

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Brain is ten times more active than previously measured

Date:March 9, 2017 Source:University of California – Los Angeles Summary:A new study could change scientists’ understanding of how the brain works — and could lead to new approaches for treating neurological disorders and for developing computers that ‘think’ more like humans. A new UCLA study could change scientists’ understanding of how the brain works — and could lead to new approaches for treating neurological disorders and for developing computers that “think” more like humans. The research focused on the structure and function of dendrites, which are components of neurons, the nerve cells in the brain. Neurons are large, tree-like structures ...

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Education Crisis

A CRISIS that has been several decades in the making, increasing in intensity while government after successive government was allowed to evade its responsibilities, appears to be reaching a head. What started off as some protests by citizens against private educational institutions raising their fee, appears to be snowballing into a larger, countrywide debate — with growing criticism being directed against what is being seen as a sector that effectively operates as a cartel. From the highest level of government, the Prime Minister’s Office, has come the assurance that ‘something will be done’ — though exactly what, remains uncertain, given ...

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Why the Millions We Spend on Employee Engagement Buy Us So Little

Organizations are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on employee engagement programs, yet their scores on engagement surveys remain abysmally low. How is that possible? Because most initiatives amount to an adrenaline shot. A perk is introduced to boost scores, but over time the effect wears off and scores go back down. Another perk is introduced, and scores go back up — and then they fall again. The more this cycle repeats itself, the more it feels like manipulation. People begin to recognize the short-term fixes for what they are. When organizations make real gains, it’s because they’re thinking longer-term. They’re going ...

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