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Sunday, February 9, 2014

IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa


IBM  began rolling out its Watson supercomputer system across Africa on Thursday, saying it would help to address continental development obstacles as diverse as medical diagnoses, economic data collection and e-commerce research. The world's biggest technology service provider said "Project Lucy" would take 10 years and cost $100 million. The undertaking was named after the earliest known human ancestor fossil, which was found in east Africa, "I believe it will spur a whole era of innovation for entrepreneurs here," IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty told delegates at a conference on Wednesday.

"Data ... needs to be refined. It will determine undisputed winners and losers across every industry," she said. As an example, Rometty cited how Morocco had used sophisticated data mining for "smart agriculture" to improve how crops are grown by predicting weather, demand and disease outbreaks. The Watson system uses artificial intelligence that can quickly analyze huge amounts of data and understand human language well enough to hold sophisticated conversations. It beat humans on the TV quiz show "Jeopardy" in 2011.

International Business Machines Corp has so far failed to convert that genius into substantial revenue growth, with the system contributing just $100 million over the past three years as overall revenues declined. The company said last month it would invest $1 billion in creating a business unit for Watson, named after former IBM President Thomas Watson.

The technology would enable poorer parts of Africa to "leapfrog" stages of development they have failed to reach because they were too expensive, in much the same way mobile phones took off across the continent in places where there had been virtually no landlines, said Michel B├ęzy, a Rwanda-based technology professor who helped develop the Watson system. It could help with education in schools that have few computer resources by using smartphone apps that get access to Watson's analytical tools through cloud computing, IBM's chief Africa research scientist Uyi Stewart said. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Manchester City 5-1 Thrushing of Spurs

                                        
                                     Edin-Dzeko  scores the winner for Manchester City

Manchester City cruised to the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday with a devastating 5-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
A 15th-minute strike from Sergio Aguero, who hobbled off injured before half-time, gave the visitors the lead before Yaya Toure made it two from the penalty spot after the break.
Edin Dzeko struck a third just moments later, and though Spurs substitute Etienne Capoue managed to claw one back for the North Londoners, further strikes from Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany capped a miserable night for Tim Sherwood's side.
Some big decisions admittedly went City's way, such as a dubious offside flag that ruled out what would have been a Tottenham equaliser from Michael Dawson.
Danny Rose was also unlucky to receive a red card for the Sky Blues' penalty, but Manuel Pellegrini's men were irresistible at times and could have scored even more on the night.

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