[IBM Survey] Global Business AI Adoption Flat in 2020, but growth expected to rebound

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That’s the conclusion of a new “Global AI Adoption Index 2021” report from IBM’s Institute for Business Value and the IBM Watson business unit that includes input on AI plans and challenges from some 5,501 business decision-makers in 15 markets around the world. The report was released May 11 (Tuesday) as part of IBM’s Think 2021 virtual conference. The 13-page report, which was conducted by market research firm Morning Consult for IBM, found that about one-third of the respondents reported that their companies are using AI, while 43 percent said their companies accelerated their rollouts of the technology due to the pandemic.

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One-third of organizations are using AI, IBM survey finds

One-third of organizations are using AI, IBM survey finds

1/3 of plan to invest in AI skills over next 12 month, 43% rollout accelerated as a result of the pandemic with customer service is top use case, NLP at the forefront, 1/4 will use AI tech in 2021, and 90% want ability to explain how AI arrived at a decision is important. AI systems will reach $77.6 B in 2022

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IonQ now supports IBM’s Qiskit quantum development kit


IonQ, the trapped ion quantum computing company that recently went public via a SPAC, today announced that it is integrating its quantum computing platform with the open-source Qiskit software development kit. This means Qiskit users can now bring their programs to IonQ’s platform without any major modifications to their code.

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IBM, Cleveland Clinic Begin 10-Year AI, Quantum, Cloud Partnership to Boost Clinical Research

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Fueled by the need for faster life sciences and healthcare research, especially in the wake of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, IBM and the 100-year-old Cleveland Clinic are partnering to bolster the Clinic’s research capabilities by integrating a wide range of IBM’s advanced technologies in AI, quantum computing and the cloud.

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IBM’s Rob Thomas details key AI trends in shift to hybrid cloud

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The last year has seen a major spike in the adoption of AI models in production environments, in part driven by the need to drive digital business transformation initiatives. While it’s still early days as far as AI is concerned, it’s also clear AI in the enterprise is entering a new phase. Rob Thomas, senior vice president for software, cloud, and data platform at IBM, explains to VentureBeat how this next era of AI will evolve as hybrid cloud computing becomes the new norm in the enterprise.

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State of the Edge report projects edge computing will reach $800B by 2028

State of the Edge report

A battle for control over edge computing environments is expected to drive a total of $800 billion in spending through 2028, according to a report published today by the LF Edge arm of the Linux Foundation. The State of the Edge report is based on analysis of the potential growth of edge infrastructure from the bottom up across multiple sectors modeled by Tolaga Research. The forecast evaluates 43 use cases spanning 11 vertical industries.

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IBM’s AI may lead to new antimicrobials, drugs, and materials

In a new study published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, researchers at IBM say they’ve developed an AI model that can assist in the rapid design of antimicrobial peptides — the building blocks of proteins. The researchers say that the model outperforms other AI methods at designing such peptides and increases the success rate of identifying a viable candidate by 10%.

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IBM’s Arin Bhowmick explains why AI trust is hard to achieve in the enterprise

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While appreciation of the potential impact AI can have on business processes has been building for some time, progress has not nearly been as quick as many initial forecasts led many organizations to expect.
Arin Bhowmick, chief design officer for IBM, explained to VentureBeat what needs to be done to achieve the level of AI explainability that will be required to take AI to the next level in the enterprise.

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Humana Insurance and IBM Watson are building a Virtual Assistant for navigating Healthcare

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Health insurance giant Humana is launching a chatbot powered by IBM Watson’s conversational AI to give personalized assistance to people with health and dental insurance provided by their employer. Humana using the IBM Watson Assistant for Health Benefits marks a major milestone in the growing healthcare AI market, which has accelerated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting demand on the healthcare industry and its ancillaries.

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AI software tool helping Quantum Computers to ‘Self-Tune’ for improved performance

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With the overriding goal of reducing hardware errors and instability caused by environment noise, quantum computing software startup Q-CTRL has unveiled an AI-based toolset billed as enabling quantum computers to “self-tune” for noise and error suppression.

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IBM, Palantir partner on AI Apps

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IBM and data analytics software vendor Palantir Technologies Inc. will release a cloud data platform in March designed to deploy AI-based applications built around Watson. The service, dubbed Palantir for IBM Cloud Pak for Data, will run on Red Hat OpenShift, enabling hybrid cloud deployments, the partners said Monday (Feb. 8). It also integrates Palantir’s Foundry operations platform designed to integrate data management with analytics.

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IBM quantum computing development roadmap envisions applications running 100 times faster

IBM believes it has an achievable timetable to advance its quantum hardware to reach the power and reliability that will allow for commercial applications within 5 years. The challenge then is enabling the tools and the environment to let companies and developers start experimenting with writing the applications that will allow them to harness this power.

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Let’s make Artificial Intelligence a greater force in 2021

A year ago, none the wiser about what 2020 would bring, I reflected on the pivotal moment that the AI community was in. The previous year had seen a series of high-profile automated failures, like self-driving-car crashes and discriminatory recruiting tools. Later on, the field responded with more talk of AI ethics than ever before. But talk, I said, was not enough. We needed to take tangible actions. Two months later, the coronavirus shut down the world.

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Hands-on Guide to Adversarial Robustness Toolbox (ART): Protect your Neural Networks against hacking

Adversarial Robustness Toolbox

Machine Learning models can be exposed to the threat to jeopardise with the predictions. Such attacks on deployment ends have been seen time and again and thus needed to be addressed accurately. AI security is most necessary for enterprise AI systems where data storage is mostly in tabular forms, and data privacy policies are at stake. The Adversarial Robustness Toolbox(ART) is a Python library which is one of the complete resources providing developers and researchers for evaluating the robustness of deep neural networks against adversarial attacks.

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IBM announces new AI language, explainability, and automation services

During IBM’s virtual AI Summit this week, the company announced updates across its Watson family of products in the areas of language, explainability, and workplace automation. A new feature called Reading Comprehension surfaces answers from databases of enterprise documents in response to natural language questions, assigning a confidence score to each response.

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