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Contamination-seeking drones - IBM Patent 9447448.

Stay back and let the drones do the dirty work. Patent 9447448 makes cognitive drones able to inspect and decontaminate places so humans don’t have to. The drones’ on-board AI system can collect and analyze samples, so it can identify and clean up any bacteria or outbreak. Meanwhile you get to hang back, safely out of harm’s way.


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Seeing is preventing.  

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, yet 50% of cases go undetected until it’s too late. IBM Research Australia is working to help stop this ‘silent thief of sight’ by teaching Watson to detect it. After learning from 88,000 retina images, Watson can understand what a healthy eye looks like, and identify abnormalities that indicate of the onset of eye diseases like glaucoma. In the future, this early detection technology could help keep glaucoma out of sight for millions.


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Advancing research by reading minds.

The human brain is complex and mysterious, even to those who study it. To help understand it better, medical research company Lundbeck is working with Watson to help advance the development of treatments for Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.

Using the Watson Health platform, they’ll be able to analyze their neurological research alongside clinical data from millions of de-identified patient records to help gain a more in-depth understanding of the diseases’ underlying causes. But this is just the start. By putting millions of minds to it, Lundbeck and IBM hope to, one day, solve problems for the over 400 million people suffering from psychological and neurological disorders worldwide.


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More understanding machines - IBM Patent 9384450.

What if we could learn from questions the same way we learn from answers? Patent 9384450 improves AI’s ability to answer what are called “open domain questions”, or questions that ask information outside of a machine’s previous knowledge. Machines may have a lot to learn, but now we can teach them to understand us better.


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Driving assistants - IBM Patent 9296395

Artificial intelligence will make roads safer, by making sure drivers are focused behind the wheel. Patent 9296395 allows built-in cognitive systems to learn about conditions both inside and outside the car, and take actions if they sense your state-of-mind just isn’t where it needs to be. Whether you’re cruising, commuting or driving cross-country, cognitive will make sure you never ride alone.      


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Unflappable clouds - IBM Patent 9329908

People depend on the cloud for pretty much everything. But clouds get busy. Now when you’re uploading all those videos from vacation, Patent 9329908 will help by spreading the work around so no one part of the cloud is overloaded. So yeah, go ahead and sync those playlists. Which playlists? All of them.  


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Art with Watson

IBM Watson has the cognitive ability to understand and analyze what people write, and, through diction, context, and word choice, render deeper insight into their true personalities. This particular email reveals above average tendencies toward passive-aggressiveness and stubbornness with mild hints of compassion.

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Art with Watson

Inspired by IBM Watson’s cognitive ability to balance in-depth analysis of multiple factors, statistical evidence and competing objectives, The Decision portrays the delicate but creative path toward decision making. In this case, each of the factors that go into buying a new car.

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Take us home, Olli. 

The next generation of self-driving cars is one you can talk to. Local Motors, creators of the world’s first 3D-printed cars, just launched Olli, the first talking shuttle bus to use cloud-based IBM Watson IoT for Automotive as a brain.

A combination of four Watson APIs (Speech-to-Text, Natural Language Classifier, Entity Extraction and Text-to-Speech) gives Olli the ability to recognize and react to things like “let’s go downtown” or “what’s good to eat around here?” as you and up to 11 other people go from point A to B.

If you’re looking to catch a ride with Olli, you can find it making the rounds in Washington, D.C. Next stops: Miami and Las Vegas.

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The Science Behind Patent No. 9117446

In today’s cognitive era, machines can listen and talk back to us. But can they understand the emotional nuances of our conversations? You betcha – with IBM’s Patent No. 9117446. This system detects and assigns emotion to text in TTS (text to speech) applications, so machines can read and express emotion in response to what we say, how we say it, our facial expressions and body language. And we don’t have to wait an age to see it at work. ­Emotion-detecting robots are already serving customers in banks and coffee shops, and keeping nursing home residents entertained – with each robot able to converse with humans and express themselves on an emotional level. So the next time you say you love technology, it might just love you back. 


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The Science Behind Patent No. 9087304

We’ve all been served up search results we weren’t sure about, whether they were for “the best tacos in town” or “how to tell if your dog has eaten chocolate.” With IBM Patent no. 9087304, you no longer have to second-guess the answers you’re given. This new tech helps cognitive machines find the best potential answers to your questions by thinking critically about the trustworthiness and accuracy of each source. Simply put, these machines can use their own judgment to separate the right information from wrong.


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