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Some people get to see whale sharks or giant schools of tuna on dives. We get to dive in Coventry Lake!
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I will never understand how such foul smells come out of something this cute.
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I get contacted by more than a dozen recruiters a week. They often lead with questions like "Why are you still at IBM? Isn't IBM dying? Why aren't you someplace more exciting like Google, Facebook, or a startup?". Why? Why? We are, quite literally, changing to way that science is done. The work that New York Genome Center has done with Watson Discovery Advisor and DNA treatment for glioblastoma will save hundreds of lives. Sanofi used Watson to find alternative uses for hundreds of pharmaceuticals. Johnson & Johnson used Watson to build a better clinical trial. And, of course, I got to eat some tasty food. And hey, this is just the launch video - you ain't seen nothin' yet.
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A better clinical trial? That wouldn't be difficult, considering Parexel!
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Want to have a taste of what I do at work? Here you go!
 
Ready to give cognitive cooking a go? Sign up to test the new #ChefWatson with +Bon Appétit app: http://ibm.co/1m8COvh
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Dear Internet,
Thank you for not changing over the past few days since I posted the "Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos" video. You continue to amaze and inspire me.
--Patrick
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Although it is less expensive to get a cheap PID controller from China to control a relay, this is a pretty neat hack that lets you understand what's going on under the hood. Very cool indeed.
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I'm very happy that we can finally make this news public. It's been terrific to see what our lab in Nairobi has done for the citizens of Kenya and East Africa. I can't wait to see the goodness that will come out of our new South Africa lab.
 
+IBM Research plans to expand their global research network by opening a new lab in South Africa.

The new lab will be built in Johannesburg, specifically in the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein, and hopes to tackle four broad goals:

–To develop new technology-based solutions for transforming the country’s most important industries and infrastructures.

–To help South Africa expand on its position as a global leader in science and technology.

–To partner with universities, research institutes and government to foster innovation among startups and entrepreneurs.

–To help equip young people with the skills they need to be successful in the digital age.

Read more here: http://ibm.co/16zDQMe
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I made a timelapse video of Coventry Lake, CT on Labor Day 2014. It was a beautiful day and wonderful way to close out the summer.
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Does anyone know of a simple depth finder I could hack to have an output just read the current depth on a couple of analog or digital outputs?

Here's why: UCONN in conjunction with CT DEEP made a bathymetric map of my lake in 2011 (see http://cteco.uconn.edu/map_catalog/maps/lake/bathymetry/Bathymetry_Coventry_Lake.pdf). However, frankly, it's not nearly nerdy enough for me. It's quite coarse and I'm pretty certain it's incorrect in places - for example, it shows the area off my dock getting deep pretty quickly, but when I've dove out there it doesn't even get to 20ft for at least 100yds.

As a nerd, I want to remedy this.  I want to hook a depth finder up to a Raspberry Pi and GPS so I can paddle around the lake and get a higher fidelity map of my lake.

I'd rather not resort to using a webcam and OCR to read the numbers off the display, but I can do that if I absolutely need to.
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I'm a firm believer in IBM Watson. I'm proud to contribute to the technology that's making the world a better place.
 
5 ways #IBMWatson  will change computing: http://ibm.co/1lDpGe8
We all have data problems. Mike Rhodin, the head of IBM's Watson division, plans on fixing them.
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+Keith Vanderpool: Well, you've hit on a problem that we have - while our messaging has been generally pretty good for the mass market, for techies, no so much.

In the most broad sense Watson is IBM's brand name for our cognitive technologies. Cognitive technologies are more than traditional machine learning (which often focuses around classifiers and NLP). Cognitive goes deeper to try and provide insight to challenging problems for which there isn't always a single correct answer. Here's a couple of examples of that:

1. IBM and MD Anderson Cancer center are creating the Watson Oncology Advisor. This is a tool that continually takes in the latest research on cancer and provides information and assistance to the doctor on drugs and interactions that the doctor may not have been able to consider - largely because it's impossible for a doctor to stay up to date on the literature.

2. IBM has partnered with Bon Appetit to release Chef Watson, this is the extension of the IBM Food Truck project that I ran at SXSW in March. When it comes to "What's for dinner?" there are many wrong answers, but there isn't one single correct answer. Instead what Chef Watson does is use the information extracted from a large number of recipes provided by Bon Appetit to understand the general structure of dishes and themes - for example, you can make a summer themed soup, which normally don't exist as soup is generally a fall/winter dish.

As far as the specific technologies - a lot of it based on UIMA (https://uima.apache.org/), which forms the core of what we call "Watson Core". We've also published a lot of papers about more specific details through the DeepQA group at research (http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view_group_pubs.php?grp=2099).

Does that help?
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Collaborative iPython Notebook. This is pretty huge and pretty incredible for students and data science teams.
 
Over the last year I've worked with some awesome folks (+Kester Tong  +Mark Sandler, +Corinna Cortes , +Matthew Turk,  +Gideon Mann  +Arnaud Sahuguet, +Adam Berenzweig) to understand how people collaborate on data analysis and to build better tools to support them. Yesterday, with the help of +Fernando Perez and +Wes McKinney we revealed this work at PyCon APAC.

We've created an interactive, collaborative analytics tool by integrating Google Docs, Chrome, and IPython. You can open a notebook from Drive. You can share notebooks like you would share a Google Doc. You can comment and edit collaboratively, in realtime. There is zero setup, because all the computation happens in Chrome. You can even quickly and easily package your analytics pipeline into a GUI for folks that don't want to program. In effect, you can go from zero to analytics with little impedance.  

What's even better is that you can build on our work. It will all be open source on top of public Google APIs. We'll have a larger Google Research blog post about this work when we release the code and the Chrome application.
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Dear Internet,
Don't you change. EVER.
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--Patrick
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