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When you use self-checkout machines in supermarkets and drugstores, you are probably not — with all due respect — doing a better job of bagging your purchases than checkout clerks once did. Automation just makes bagging less expensive for large retail chains.   “If you introduce self-checkout kiosks, it’s not going to change productivity all …

The show is a popular medical drama, and two police officers have just rushed a victim to the hospital. Orderlies lift the patient onto a gurney and dash into the ER. Nurses hook up IVs. A doctor takes command, shining a light into the victim’s eyes, barking orders. Now hit pause. Look closer: Who plays …

IBM Research and PyTorch have come together to enable foundation models with billions of parameters to easily run on standard cloud networking infrastructure, such as Ethernet networking. IBM Research and PyTorch have come together to enable foundation models with billions of parameters to easily run on standard cloud networking infrastructure, such as Ethernet networking. The …

Imagine the booming chords from a pipe organ echoing through the cavernous sanctuary of a massive, stone cathedral. The sound a cathedral-goer will hear is affected by many factors, including the location of the organ, where the listener is standing, whether any columns, pews, or other obstacles stand between them, what the walls are made …

Ask a smart home device for the weather forecast, and it takes several seconds for the device to respond. One reason this latency occurs is because connected devices don’t have enough memory or power to store and run the enormous machine-learning models needed for the device to understand what a user is asking of it. …

Data sources that “teach” artificial intelligence could amplify and worsen disparities in health care, says law professor Nicholson Price. Those data sources are not representative and/or are based on data from current unequal care, says Price, a member of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. In a recent article in Science, Price and colleagues Ana Bracic of Michigan State University …

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have designed a miniature antenna that can operate wirelessly inside of a living cell, opening up possibilities in medical diagnostics and treatment and other scientific processes because of the antenna’s potential for monitoring and even directing cellular activity in real-time. “The most exciting aspect of this research is we …

A new IBM (NYSE: IBM) Institute for Business Value (IBV) study “Own Your Transformation” unveils how Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs) are navigating significant supply chain challenges brought on by a global COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, climate change and geopolitical events, and how they plan to future-proof their supply chains. The survey* of 1,500 CSCOs and Chief …

Wearable sensors are ubiquitous thanks to wireless technology that enables a person’s glucose concentrations, blood pressure, heart rate, and activity levels to be transmitted seamlessly from sensor to smartphone for further analysis. Most wireless sensors today communicate via embedded Bluetooth chips that are themselves powered by small batteries. But these conventional chips and power sources …

When users want to send data over the internet faster than the network can handle, congestion can occur — the same way traffic congestion snarls the morning commute into a big city. Computers and devices that transmit data over the internet break the data down into smaller packets and use a special algorithm to decide …