IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 8
Specially trained canines can make a world of difference
for blind and visually impaired individuals. But it costs
Guiding Eyes for the Blind $50,000 to raise and train each
dog-regardless whether they are matched with a visually impaired individual. With only half of dogs completing
training or being chosen for breeding, Guiding Eyes turned
to IBM Watson* technology to analyze the traits of successful guide dogs. By using Watson on the cloud, Guiding Eyes
analyzed 500,000 medical records and 65,000 records about
dog temperaments, matching characteristics and personality
traits of trainers with dogs' temperaments and medical and
genetic data. Based on a sample of 105 puppies, Watson
was able to predict with 100 percent accuracy which dogs
would successfully complete their guide dog training.
Check out a 360-degree virtual reality
experience from The Weather Company,
an IBM business, to learn more about the
science behind the creation of a tornado.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE WEATHER COMPANY
Better information helps people plan ahead and stay safe
during severe weather events. So The Weather Channel,
an IBM business, created a weather explainer showing the
anatomy and creation of a tornado. This 360-degree virtual
reality experience allows users to experience a tornado from
the inside while learning about the four basic components
that help form a tornado: shear, life, instability and moisture.
To learn more, visit wxch.nl/2yE10Av.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF IBM
PHOTO: COURTESY OF IBM
Labrador puppy TJ at home in Ridgefield, Connecticut,
where he is being raised by IBM employee Lorraine Trapani
for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
A new IBM Watson* technology-enabled cloud service
will help media and entertainment companies effectively
analyze otherwise unstructured data. Watson's cognitive
capabilities deeply analyze video and metadata, including
keywords, concepts, visual imagery, tone and emotional
context. In addition to IBM research technology, the service
incorporates Watson APIs, including Tone Analyzer, Personality Insights, Natural Language Understanding and Visual
Recognition. This combination can analyze content libraries
in detail, allowing companies to determine whether their
content is meeting the specific interests of viewers. With a
Watson-enabled service, media and entertainment companies can uncover deeper insights, make more informed
decisions and revolutionize their perceptions of content.
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