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Here's Some of the Crazy New Recipes IBM's Watson Has Invented

It's a while since IBM's Watson was put to work inventing recipes, but now the fruits of its labours are being cooked up and served out of IBM's new food truck. And the results are... interesting. Read More >>

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A Tiny New IBM Chip Offers Insane Internet Speeds

IBM researchers in Switzerland have unveiled the prototype for an energy efficient analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) that enables internet connection speeds as fast as 400 gigabits per second, for use in deep space research. Read More >>

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IBM's Graphene Circuit: A Genius Reminder of How Far Graphene Has to Go

IBM's mad scientists have created a graphene-based circuit that's 10,000 times more powerful than existing alternatives. This radio receiver is so sophisticated and futuristic, in fact, that it can... send a text message to your friends. Read More >>

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IBM's Watson is Now the Size of Three Pizza Boxes--It's Also a Billionaire

IBM just put the pedal to the metal on Watson's crawl towards relevance. The company just announced a billion dollar investment, giving the supercomputer its own business division as well as an office in New York City's Astor Place. Read More >>

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IBM Is Running Its Brain Computer On "Electronic Blood"

As part of what we can only assume is preparation for some very intense mad scientist Halloween costumes, IBM has announced a prototype computer that is both powered and cooled by an electrolyte liquid. Read More >>

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Coke's "Downtown in a Box" Delivers Clean Water and Wi-Fi to Africa

Coca-Cola's global distribution channels are so well-developed that a Coke can get pretty much anywhere on the planet—even places where there's no access to fresh water. But Coke is working on that, too. As part of its mission to bring drinking water to the communities it serves, the company has developed a solar-powered, Wi-Fi-equipped kiosk with a water purification system—and it plans to drop them in 20 countries by 2015. Read More >>

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The First Carbon Nanotube Computer: The Hyper-Efficient Future Is Here

Coming just a year after the creation of the first carbon nanotube computer chip, scientists have just built the very first actual computer with a central processor centered entirely around carbon nanotubes. Which means the future of electronics just got tinier, more efficient, and a whole lot faster. Read More >>

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IBM Is Creating an Entire Computing Architecture Based on the Brain

The brain's an incredibly rich and complex computational core that we don't really fully understand—but that isn't stopping IBM building a new form of computing architecture around what's happening inside our heads. Read More >>

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IBM Fools Around With Atoms and Makes a Rubbish Film

IBM has made a film. Only instead of hiring Gerard Butler and Helen Hunt to portray the potential for atom-level processor power, the tech company has organised actual individual atoms to create a stop motion stick boy story. Read More >>

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Bill Gates and Paul Allen Recreate Iconic 1981 Microsoft Photo

Back in 1981, Bill Gates and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pulled of an audacious feat: they licensed MS-DOS to IBM, but in a deal that saw them retain entire control of the software. To mark the occasion, the pair were photographed amid a sea of contemporary computers—and now they've recreated the image. Read More >>

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Roadrunner Supercomputer Goes Dark Today

The world's fastest supercomputer isn't the world's fastest super computer anymore, so it's getting turned off today. At Los Alamos National Laboratory, IBM's Roadrunner is being replaced by a faster, cheaper and more energy efficient computer, Cielo. Read More >>

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"A Rather Unusual Way to Write Books": The First Literary Work Produced With a Word Processor

An Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland has identified the first literary work to be written with a word processor. The book is Bomber, by Len Deighton, a World War II thriller published to critical acclaim in 1970. The word processor used was an IBM MT72, marketed in the US as the IBM MT/ST (Magnetic Tape / Selectric Typewriter), a 90kg behemoth that was hoisted with a crane through a window into Deighton’s house. Read More >>

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IBM's Watson Got a Job as a Pastry Chef

Super computer Watson can crush puny humans at Jeopardy. It can do a pretty bang-up job as a doctor. It can swear up a storm. Two of those aren't easy for a normal person, but that's not enough for IBM. IBM wants more. And part of it's plan to push Watson to its limits should really get things cooking. Literally. Read More >>

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How Stanford's Million-Core, Five Dimensional Super Computer Will Silence Jet Engines

The modern-day jet engine may be powerful enough to shuttle travellers across a continent in just six hours but it's also unbearably loud—for both the ground crews that work around them and residents within earshot of airports. And while aircraft engineers are developing quieter designs, building and testing these hushed prototypes can run into the six figures. But with the help of the US Livermore National Labs' supercomputer and some open-source modelling software, commercial airliners may soon be whisper quiet. Read More >>

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One Million Computer Cores Used in Mundane Jet Noise Modelling Experiment

Researchers working in the rather niche field of turbulence dynamics have set a new multi-core computing record, using a custom app to harness one million simultaneous processor cores to model supersonic jet sounds. Read More >>

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The Smartest Computer in the World Also Has the Dirtiest Mouth

We already knew Ken Jennings thought IBM's Jeopardy-winning supercomputer was a dick, but he's not alone. Developers at IBM were forced to wipe part of Watson's memory once they realized their hyperintelligent computer had turned into a bit of a twat. Read More >>

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