IBM Watson Health and Pfizer Inc. today announced a collaboration that will utilize IBM Watson for Drug Discovery to help accelerate Pfizer’s research in immuno-oncology, an approach to cancer treatment that uses the body’s immune system to help fight cancer.
Pfizer is one of the first organizations worldwide to deploy Watson for Drug Discovery, and the first to customize the cloud-based cognitive tool – tapping in to Watson’s machine learning, natural language processing, and other cognitive reasoning technologies to support the identification of new drug targets, combination therapies for study, and patient selection strategies in immuno-oncology.
Immunotherapies, which modify a patient’s immune system to recognize and target cancer cells using a combination of vaccines, immunomodulators, and small/large molecules, are reshaping the field of oncology.
Oncology researchers at Pfizer will use Watson for Drug Discovery to analyze massive volumes of disparate data sources, including licensed and publicly available data as well as Pfizer’s proprietary data. With this new tool, Pfizer researchers will analyze and test hypotheses to generate evidence-based insights for real-time interaction. The customized technology can also support efficient safety assessments.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and is arguably one of the most complex diseases known to mankind. Many researchers believe that the future of immuno-oncology lies in combinations tailored to unique tumor characteristics, which could transform the cancer treatment paradigm and enable more oncology patients to be treated.
“Pfizer remains committed to staying at the forefront of immuno-oncology research,” said Mikael Dolsten, President, Pfizer Worldwide Research & Development. “With the incredible volume of data and literature available in this complex field, we believe that tapping into advanced technologies can help our scientific experts more rapidly identify novel combinations of immune-modulating agents. We are hopeful that by leveraging Watson’s cognitive capabilities in our drug discovery efforts, we will be able to bring promising new immuno-oncology therapeutics to patients more quickly.”
The newly launched Watson for Drug Discovery is a cloud-based offering that aims to help life sciences researchers discover new drug targets and alternative drug indications. The average researcher reads between 200 and 300 articles in a given year, while Watson for Drug Discovery has ingested 25 million Medline abstracts, more than 1 million full-text medical journal articles, 4 million patents and is regularly updated.
Watson for Drug Discovery can be augmented with an organization’s private data such as lab reports and can help researchers look across disparate data sets to surface relationships and reveal hidden patterns through dynamic visualizations.
For more information about Watson for Drug Discovery, please visit http://ibm.co/WDD.
The Mahindra Group, one of the largest diversified multinational group of companies based in India, and IBM have announced the development of a blockchain solution that has the potential to reinvent supply chain finance across India by enhancing security, transparency and operational processes.
This cloud-based application, one of the first projects of its kind in India outside of traditional banking, is designed to transform supplier-to-manufacturer trade finance transactions through a permissioned distributed ledger. The blockchain-based supply chain finance solution will enable all parties involved in the transaction to act on the same shared ledger, with each party updating only their part of the process, ensuring efficiency, consistency, trust and transparency, while safeguarding sensitive information.
Invoice discounting, the process of bundling and selling invoices at a discount, is a major source of working capital finance for many suppliers. This new solution aims to enable more suppliers to access credit, with the goal of driving more financial inclusion throughout the supply chain.
Supplier-to-manufacturer invoice discounting processes have historically been said to be difficult, slow and risky, requiring each party to maintain and manually update separate ledgers. Human errors during this process have been known to create inconsistent records, ultimately resulting in delayed payments and capital that cannot be accessed.
“The Mahindra Group is pioneering the use of blockchain to disrupt its traditional businesses and drive future growth. We are actively looking at other applications across the Group in financial services, auto, mobility and agritech,” said Anish Shah, Group President (Strategy), Mahindra Group. “This proof of concept represents a significant step forward in making blockchain , still a new technology, a more compelling and efficient supply chain solution forMahindra Finance’s small and mid-sized enterprises loans business . Working with IBM, we will work to build, test, scale and refine this solution over time.”
Blockchain technology can help enable Mahindra Finance access transactions recorded on a shared ledger in near real-time, enabling it to develop and offer new products to small and mid-sized enterprises. This is a radical process and technology shift which has the potential to drive business growth into the future.
IBM is rapidly expanding its blockchain consulting services and capabilities and actively working with clients to understand what it takes to make Blockchain ready for business. Through its open source contributions to the Hyperledger Fabric and its blockchain services on IBM Bluemix cloud, developers can easily and quickly develop applications while testing security, availability and performance of a permissioned blockchain network.
IBM is committed to advancing the science of blockchain, helping to remove complexity, and making it more accessible and open. Financial services, supply chains, trade finance and logistics, IoT, risk management, digital rights management and healthcare are some of the areas that are poised for dramatic change using blockchain networks.
You can learn more about IBM Blockchain solutions here.
I was just checking in on the IBM Watson Trend Benchmark which provides live, real-time retail data from the U.S., and currently the average order value is $115.64. Just in case you were wondering.
For you curious technologists and marketeers out there, the online traffic is coming in at 50.39% via mobile devices (with mobile making up 39.57% of online sales). And the conversion rate is 2.67%.
ZDNet reported earlier that yesterday’s “Cyber Monday” was “likely to have been the biggest online shopping day in history,” garnering some $3.34B U.S. (They should always caveat that with “US Sales,” as singles day in China is much bigger, over $17B in one day this year).
That $3.34B figure is a 10 percent year-over-year increase, and so far this month the online shopping total in the U.S. is $39.9B.
If you’re wondering what’s selling, the top toys included Legos, Shopkins, Nerf, Barbie and Little Live Pets.
Top electronics included the Sony PSP 4, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung 4K TVs, Apple iPads, and Amazon Fire tablets.
2016IBM today announced at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2016) it will preview new imaging solutions from Watson Health and Merge Healthcare (Merge; an IBM Company) designed to help healthcare providers pursue personalized approaches to patient diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring.
The solutions benefit from more than a decade of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) work conducted in IBM Research. Further, IBM Research has partnered with the Radiological Society to debut a live demonstration of how Watson understands, reasons and learns from imaging information.
Medical images are by far the largest and fastest-growing data source in the healthcare industry — IBM researchers estimate that they account for at least 90% of all medical data today — but they also present challenges that need to be addressed.
The volume of medical images can be overwhelming to even the most sophisticated specialists; radiologists in some hospital emergency rooms are presented with thousands of images each day.
Tools to help clinicians extract insights from medical images remain limited, requiring most analysis to be done manually. This has created an opportunity to analyze and cross-reference medical images against a deep trove of lab results, electronic health records, genomic tests, clinical studies and other health-related data sources to enable providers to compare new medical images with a patient’s image history as well as populations of similar patients to detect changes and anomalies.
Watson Health will show:
- A cognitive peer review tool intended to help healthcare professionals reconcile differences between a patient’s clinical evidence, and data in that patient’s electronic health record (EHR).
- A cognitive data summarization tool intended to provide radiologists, cardiologists, and other physicians with patient-specific clinical information to use when interpreting imaging studies, or when diagnosing and treating patients.
- A cognitive physician support tool intended to help doctors personalize healthcare decisions based on integrating imaging data with other types of patient data.
- The MedyMatch “Brain Bleed” App, a cognitive image review tool intended to help emergency room physicians diagnose a stroke or brain bleed in a trauma patient by identifying relevant evidence in a patient record.
Merge will show:
- Marktation, a new process for interpreting medical images intended to help physicians improve image reading speed and accuracy, with an initial application in mammography.
- Watson Clinical Integration Module, a cloud application for radiologists that aims to help increase reader efficiency and counteract common causes of errors in medical imaging, such as base rate neglect, anchoring, bias, framing bias, and premature closure.
- Lesion Segmentation and Tracking Module, designed to help radiologists increase the speed by which they interpret and report comparison exams in cancer patients and for other patient conditions that require longitudinal tracking.
“Watson cognitive computing is ideally suited to support radiologists on their journey ‘Beyond Imaging’ to practices that address the needs of patient populations, deliver improved patient outcomes, and demonstrate real-world value,” said Nancy Koenig, General Manager of Merge Healthcare. “This week at RSNA, Merge is proud to unveil solutions for providers that enable the first steps on the cognitive care journey, addressing breast cancer, lung cancer, and trauma patients in the ER.”
RSNA and IBM Research Show Physicians How Watson Understands, Reasons and Learns
IBM Research will show physicians how Watson might reduce the time to diagnosis and increase efficiency in provider workflows. Radiologists select cases from a variety of imaging topics, make their diagnosis, and see how a Watson solution attempts to assist the same case as it understands, reasons and learns from text- and imaging data in real time.
The live demonstration showcases more than a decade of work by IBM Research’s top medical imaging, text mining, and AI data scientists. The demo is able to analyze patient data culled from thousands of data sources and present insights in a compact summary report intended to help clinicians efficiently reach a differential diagnosis.
For example, the technology featured in the demo uses deep learning to recognize positions in the body for major anatomical structures (such as in a CT imaging study) and detects anomalies (such as dissections in the aorta, or embolisms in pulmonary arteries). Combining imaging and clinical data with clinical knowledge, it performs clinical inference on the patient’s condition and its management, pre-assembling relevant information in a simple online format for a diagnosing physician to consider.
IBM is also showcasing at RSNA 2016 its ecosystem approach to innovation, including the global Watson Health medical imaging collaborative and work with Siemens Healthineers to introduce Population Health Management solutions worldwide.
IBM today announced a strategic partnership with American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, naming IBM as its cloud provider for greater enterprise flexibility, scalability and reliability.
American Airlines will move select enterprise applications to IBM’s Cloud as part of the deal, and gain access to a wide range of application development capabilities through IBM Bluemix.
The company will also have access to IBM advanced analytics capabilities and technologies, all of which will enable the company to advance its enterprise into a cognitive infrastructure that offers greater resiliency and better customer experience.
This new agreement is the latest in a long-standing relationship between IBM and American Airlines that began in 1950’s, when the two companies worked together to develop the first electronic reservation and ticketing system in the industry.
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries.
As consumers gear up for Cyber Monday, cybercriminals are also preparing to take advantage of deal-seakers.
IBM X-Force researchers have already seen cybercriminal masking malicious malware in emails to consumers disguised as major retailers sending out Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and package shipment tracking details.
When a user clicks on the package tracking URL, instead of going to the retailer, they download a malicious malware such as Locky Ransomware which can lock a user out of their computer and encrypt all of their files, requiring them to pay a ransom to regain access.
In preparation for Cyber Monday, IBM Security has created some tips for consumers follow to stay secure while shopping online:
- Beware of Unexpected Package Tracking Emails: Be cautious of unsolicited emails. IBM X-Force has identified massive campaigns distributing Locky Ransomware. At one point, the campaign was 45% of all spam activity analyzed by the team.
- Caution with Coupon Codes: If the discount looks too good to be true, it likely is. Promo codes from untrusted sources require caution. Don’t click links to copy the code, instead copy it and use it directly on the retailer’s website (even if it’s a retail brand you trust). If you MUST click a link in your email, before doing so, hover over the URL and make sure it’s taking you to the website.
- Opt for Credit Over Debit Cards: Use credit cards instead of debit card, when possible. Credit cards offer consumers more protections if the card is compromised, and won’t impact your checking account during the holiday season if there’s an issue.
- Use Unique Passwords for EACH Online Store: Never reuse the same password on different websites, especially retailers. Instead, create a unique passphrase for each website you shop on, for example, something like “longpassword123”. Same goes for loyalty cards, create a unique password for these accounts too.
- Shopping From The Office? Don’t use your corporate email address when making online purchases, and never ever use the same password you do for your corporate login. It will put your employer at risk.
- Only Use Trusted Apps: Only download shopping apps directly from the trusted app stores such as iTunes and Google Play. Be especially careful of discount deal apps, especially ones you’ve never heard of. Before downloading the app, check the number of reviews and ratings. If it doesn’t have any reviews or ratings, or a very low number, don’t download it. It might be fraudulent.
- Use A Special Shopping Email Address: Have a separate email address for shopping or deal websites. It’ll help you identify sneaky spam that might bypass spam filters and protect your trusted account.
- Don’t Save Your Info: Never save your credit card information in retail sites and web browsers. It might make purchases faster, but it could put your card number at risk if the retailer is compromised.
- Consider One-Time Use Credit Cards: When buying from a non-trusted or entirely new retailer, you can avoid putting your personal credit card data at risk by acquiring one-time use credit cards from your bank or pre-paid credit cards. You could also purchase gift cards directly from the retailer you’re planning on shopping with.
- Get Creative With Password Reset Questions: When filling out account information, opt for the password reset question that isn’t public. For example, don’t use the street you grew up on, as it could be found online. Instead pick something that can be an opinion question (favorite movie, food, etc). OR alternatively, you can even make up your answers, so only you know.
“Consumers need to be diligent during the holiday shopping season,” said Caleb Barlow, Vice President, IBM Security. “Cybercriminals are trying to entice consumers to click suspicious links by offering deals and tapping into their curiosity. It’s all about following some security basics to keep shoppers safe this shopping season.”
IBM Security’s intelligence is gathered by hosting one of the world’s largest URL databases with 25 billion+ web pages and images, collecting 1,000 financial malware samples daily, leveraging intelligence from 270M+ endpoints, and processing 1 trillion security events every month for more than 4,500 clients across 133 countries.
Here’s hoping you survived the trips to the malls and retail outlets over the long holiday weekend here in the U.S., assuming you were brave or crazy enough to make the trek.
Apparently plenty did, and IBM today is forecasting that shoppers will drive double digit growth for retailers around the world on this “Cyber Monday.” IBM found that pre-holiday online shopping was up nearly 10 percent over 2015.
This momentum has grown over Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the weekend with consumers opening their wallets and taking advantage of the great deals being offered online by U.S. and global retailers.
IBM is familiar with what it takes to help retailers achieve success over the busiest shopping days of the year. Over the 2015 holiday season, IBM powered more than $62B in online sales and the supported clients that sent more than 1.4 billion emails during this same holiday period without a single interruption.
This holiday season is already showing signs of significant growth with IBM driving record levels of engagement with their customers online and via mobile. On Black Friday alone, there were nearly 405 million email notifications sent to consumers around the world. And mobile push outreach is on track for 35% growth over 2015.
No longer limited just to US retailers, Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping growth was a world-wide phenomenon this year with retailers outside of the US experiencing significant growth. Key findings holiday shopping findings include:
- Thanksgiving Shopping Becomes a Global Sensation: Online sales for global retailers increased by nearly 24 percent (23.9%) over 2015. For example, a major UK retailer saw 2100 hits to their website per second in the early hours of Black Friday shopping.
- US Retailers Cash in on Thanksgiving: Online sales for US retailers increased by nearly 12 percent (11.7%) over 2015.
- Global Retailers Experience Double Digital Black Friday Growth: Online sales for global retailers increased by more than 28 percent (28.4%) over 2015.
- US Retailers Drive Strong Black Friday Growth: U.S. retailers saw online sales grow by close to 10 percent (9.3%).
- Thanksgiving and Black Friday Fuel Four-Day Online Spending Spree: Global retailers saw continued momentum over the weekend with online sales up close to 20 percent (19.5% over this four-day period last year.) U.S. retailers also cashed in over these days with sales increasing more than 9 percent (9.3%) over 2015
- Online Holiday Sales Will Continue: IBM predicts that online sales on Cyber Monday will increase by double digits over 2015. It also predicts that overall 2016 online sales (November and December) for retailers will increase by nearly 14 percent over (13.89%) over 2015.
This year, IBM’s Holiday Readiness team is supporting 41% more clients — keeping online shopping up and running for some of the world’s largest brands through its highly scalable and secure platform. These clients represent more than 21 countries and a variety of industries including retail, telecommunications, travel, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing and shipping.
IBM powers the full spectrum of cognitive engagement offerings delivered as a service and on premise for more than 17,000 companies around the world including 7 of the top 10 companies on the Fortune 500.
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First things first.
Happy American Thanksgiving Holiday, for those of you here in these United States.
As you prepare for your turkey-driven trytophan REM sleep, and as you ponder your unique angle on how to attack the Wal-Mart early Friday morning for “Black Friday,” just remember those sage words of wisdom: When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.”
Or how about, “Treat yourself to a little retail therapy.”
Or this: “If you can’t stop thinking about it…buy it.“
I kind of prefer that one.
I’m just trying to get you even a little bit psyched to venture online or out into the real world for your holiday shopping adventures.
Me, I don’t plan to be anywhere near a store on Friday, but I have been on the lookout for some unique tech gifts for the 2016 holiday shopping season.
Here are a few of my recommendations, based on a combination of desires ranging from wanton technology avarice to full on utility.
1. Playstation VR and/or PS4 Pro ($500) — As mi amigo Scott Laningham and I strolled around SXSW Interactive earlier in the year, I said to anyone who would listen, and perhaps even on camera, that I thought games and gamers would lead us into the VR future, and I still maintain that. And though I haven’t even had the chance to test the PlayStation VR out yet, it’s at the top of my list. Why? Because, it’s been well reviewed, it’s made for gamers, it works with existing PlayStation 4s, and out of the gate, it’s expected to have 30 games (although I fully expect that number will grow). If I’m going to put those goggles on my head for hours at a time, it had better be for good reason, and for the time being, gaming is the only compelling reason I can think of.
2. Nintendo NES Classic Console ($60) — If you want to do some serious flashbacks to 1985, this $60 gaming system pulls together 30 original Nintendo games — think Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Galaga…need I go on?…I’d say get one just for the kids so they can see what it was like for Mommy and Daddy to walk through the snow five miles to play video games back in the day. The only thing that could maybe upstage this is a similar console for Atari 2600 games (which is out there), or perhaps a full stand up version of “Space Invaders” that requires you to stand while playing. Oh, the horror!
3. Toshiba 49L621U 49-Inch 4K TV ($200) — I saw this listed on CNET as a Best Buy doorbuster, which indicated it was “The cheapest 4K TV we’ve seen this season.” And, it comes with a built in Chromecast. A 49-inch 4K TV for $200???!!! Are you &*$%$#@!! kiddin’ me!?
4. Roku Ultra ($129) — You’re going to need something to watch on your newfangled 4K TV set, and the Roku Ultra is well-poised to help you find such content. I’ve used a much-earlier Roku model for years now, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better streaming content finder that’s this easy to use. And when we’re talking TV, that’s my bottom line — if I have to work to find the content, the device has already lost. 57 channels and nothin’ on? Well, Roku Ultra will help you find content from 3,500+ both paid and free channels. Batteries are included. : )
5. Apple Watch Series 1 (starting at $198) — I’ve already explained in this blog, I’m good with the whole not having an Apple Watch thing. I have a killer Casio G-Shock that links to atomic timekeeping sites automagically and is solar powered, so no maintenance or plug in ever required. But if you’re looking for a deal on the Apple Watch Series 1, Target’s offering the 38mm model for $198, about $71 off the list price of $269 (FYI, the Series 2 models start around $362, and the most noticeable upgrade features include water resistance and the inclusion of GPS). Also FYI, Apple will be having its own Black Friday sale online, so get ready to crash the Apple website after you wake up from that marathon of football games.
6. Samsung Chromebook 3 ($119) — If you’re in the market for a new notebook PC, Wal-Mart is going to be offering this gem for $119, which is $60 off list. I bought a similar Chromebook several years ago, and I still use it to this day. Love the thing. So long as you’re okay with not running Windows and instead operating mostly in the cloud (i.e., use this machine in the proximity of a good network connection), this is a fantastic value at the price.
7. Google Home Smart Speaker ($129) — Powered by Google’s voice-activated “Google Assistant,” this device is Google’s answer to the Echo. Only Google’s device is linked to the all-knowing Google search and voice zeitgest. To be fair, Amazon has the head start here, and in a recent mano-a-mano review by CNET, the editors picked the Echo over the Home, 2-1. However, these devices are constantly evolving and updating, and the price is right at home for the Home at $130, versus the Echo’s $180 (You can get the Amazon Echo Dot for much less, around $50). I just simply wouldn’t bet against Google in this particular market in the mid-to-long term, because, in the end, it’s all about the data sets, and there’s is massive.
8. Wilson X Connected Football ($199) — The Internet of Things is reaching farther and wider than ever before, and now it has made its way to the gridiron. Yes, it’s no longer enough to go out and play catch on Thanksgiving afternoon with the fam. Now you need to get the Wilson X Connected Football so you track the velocity, spin, spiral efficiency and distance of your throws. I’ve heard it’s at the top of Tony Romo’s list.
9. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End ($47.58) — This one’s way up on my list, because currently I use my PlayStation 4 mainly as a glorified virtual golf course. Gaming news and review site GameRant has “Uncharted 4” at the top of it’s year-to-date best games list, calling it “pure, adulterated fun” and “the best game of this generation.” I cross-referenced this feedback against some Amazon reviews, where people called it “a masterpiece” and “a reason to get a PlayStation 4.”
10. Anki Cozmo ($179.99) — How could I pull together a holiday tech toys holiday shopping list without including a nod to our looming Robot Overlords? In this particular instance, the robot overlord is kind of tiny, but he/she also comes packing a whole lot of personality. This is a robot with emotions, one “who learns, plots and plans.” As Anki Cozmo’s marketing slogan explains, “Well-behaved robots rarely make history.” Just keep an eye on it, lest it instead makes a mess in your kitchen.
IBM has announced that it is adding four new cloud data centers infused with cognitive intelligence in the United Kingdom, to keep pace with growing client demand.
The investment in the new facilities underscores IBM’s long-standing commitment to providing innovative solutions to the UK market and triples its cloud center capacity in the UK.
Cloud adoption rates increased to 84% in the UK over the course of the last five years, according to Cloud Industry Forum. IDC forecasts that the global market opportunity for public cloud services will exceed $195 billion by 2020.
The expansion strengthens IBM’s ability to bring clients greater flexibility, transparency and control over how they manage data, run their businesses and deploy IT operations locally in the cloud.
These new facilities expand IBM’s cloud data center footprint from 2 to 6 in the UK and 16 across Europe as part of IBM’s network of more than 50 data centers worldwide. With these new data centers, clients have access to a complete portfolio of IBM cloud services for running their mission-critical enterprise workloads and innovations through more than 150 digital services (APIs).
These digital services are available the IBMs development platform, Bluemix, and include Watson, IBM’s cognitive intelligence technology that allows computers to think and learn like humans, building blocks for innovative blockchain applications that increase trust in transactions, plus enabling technologies for Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics applications.
IBM’s Global Cloud Footprint
With more than 50 global cloud data centers, IBM helps companies securely manage and gain insight into their data no matter where it resides.
The news also reinforces IBM strong cloud presence across Europe, and the additional facilities announced today uniquely position IBM as the market leader with more UK data centers than any other vendor. In September, IBM announced the opening of its first cloud data center in the Nordics. The addition of the new UK data center facilities will mark 16 IBM data centers across Europe.
The new UK facilities will enable companies of all sizes to digitize business and operations and drive innovation through the IBM Cloud. The first facility will open in Fareham at the end of December, with three more opening in the UK next year.
Stephen Colbert had some good fun on his “Late Show” last evening in a parody video concerning Apple’s new $300 coffee table book featuring “1440s” technology.
Me, I’m a totally self-professed Machead, using their various devices for hours a day. But there’s nothing wrong with poking a little fun now and again, especially if it’s tastefully and thoughtfully done, as was the case with Colbert’s team video.
World, it’s time to present to you the Apple Book Book.