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IBM and Mubadala to bring Watson to the Middle East & North Africa

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ibby Angela Guess

A recent article out of the company reports, “IBM and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, today announced an agreement to bring IBM Watson to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The companies will collaborate to deliver powerful Watson cloud-based cognitive computing to healthcare, retail, education, banking and finance organizations. The new joint venture will also create a broad regional ecosystem of partners, entrepreneurs, start-ups and app developers who will apply Watson in innovative ways throughout MENA. Watson represents a new era in computing in which systems are able to interact in natural language, analyze large volumes of unstructured data, respond to complex questions with evidence-based answers, and discover new actionable patterns and insights.”

The article continues, “The availability of Watson in MENA demonstrates Mubadala’s strong commitment to spurring innovation and growing the technology ecosystem throughout the region. The collaboration with IBM exemplifies Mubadala’s philosophy to capitalize on investment opportunities in various industries such as Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to support the diversification of Abu Dhabi’s economy and strengthen its competitive position in high-growth sectors both locally and internationally. IBM in turn, will draw on Mubadala’s deep regional market knowledge to drive the adoption of cognitive computing technology across MENA.”

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  • Rod Pantony

    IBM and BlackBerry are collaborating: http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/en/it-services/research-in-motion-rim.html

    ‎BlackBerry markets  Universal Search with smartphones. This appears to be overstated. Universal Search may be tech touted by Marissa Mayer and Google. Simple UX testing demonstrates that BlackBerry devices don’t appear to have universal search. 

    SOLR claims to search pdf and many file forms. Video and pictures appear to be an unsolved problem, from Nando de Freitas’ lectures. 

    500 GB microSD for smartphones are on the market, 128  GB microSD are affordable already. These may contain libraries of pdf books, etc.

    BlackBerry UNIVERSAL SEARCH appears to be inadequate for current smartphone hardware and UX. E.g. My new smartphone, BlackBerry Passport, has more RAM and a more powerful processor than my new desktop. The differences between smartphones and desktops are comparable to differences between plants and animals. Trees are dumber about their environment than animals are. Their cognition is limited. Like animals, smartphones and mobile robotics know where they are and what is going on around them as they move around. Smartphone sensors and AI are becoming more like an animal’s senses of hearing and sight. Smartphones are different “animals” than desktops. Ditto smart cars, which need to integrate smart vision, Big Data and smart navigation. Smart cars also have “smell” sensors, in the exhaust system etc., which can be generalized for pollutants and industrial hazards like hydrogen sulphide etc. Every oil and gas, agricultural, city truck, mobile and industrial robot should have senses of position, smell, sight and hearing.

    However without truly universal search, sight, hearing and smell, we’ve greatly limited smartphone, robotic, and smartcar cognition. That we will think like God, is implicit in the Tower of Babel story in Genesis. I.e. When we truly master language, we become like God. Designing smart machines requires this.

    Smartphones that are not designed for productivity, that don’t contain microSD may not need Universal Search, but BlackBerry and enterprise solutions do.

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