Conversational Commerce and Speaker Recognition

Conversational commerce offers great potential for businesses to reach today’s consumers. In particular, conversational commerce makes it easy for consumers to interact with businesses by enabling natural language interactions with consumers. These natural language interactions can be enabled by chat bots in popular chat applications or speech-enabled applications on computing devices. In short, conversational commerce enables users to interact with […]

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Fully automatic method for robust age progression

In Emerging Technology, we are constantly working on new research projects around security and biometrics. Since late last year, I spent some time researching age progression related problems using biometrics. One of the interesting problems with age progression was to create age progressed images with occlusions and in different age gaps for face subjects of different ages, shapes and gender. […]

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Grand Slam Tennis Situational Analysis using Spark

The IBM jStart team developed and deployed a set of REST APIs on IBM Bluemix to enable programmatic upload of new historical tennis match data as well as to allow IBM SlamTracker application to access the results in real time.  Analytics processes running on Spark allowed us to compute “pressure situations” statistics such as break point situations or if a […]

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Interactive learning environment for OpenWhisk command line

OpenWhisk is a new distributed compute service to execute application logic in response to events. It has a built-in CLI which employs its own syntax. Tutorial The OpenWhisk CLI tutorial is an interactive learning environment to get familiar with the OpenWhisk command line. While the OpenWhisk documentation is very extensive and concise, we thought that simulating the user interaction through a […]

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Subscribe to RSS Feeds via OpenWhisk

OpenWhisk is a “serverless” execution environment that follows an event driven model, where user code is automatically executed in response to an external event. An example of an external event can be a database update, pushing code to Github or even a simple HTTP request from a web or mobile application. Rather than manually listening for events and calling OpenWhisk when an […]

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Water Mission

The IBM jStart team is partnering with Water Mission to develop a real-time data alerting and analysis dashboard to instantly view the nonprofit’s existing and future global operations. Water Mission, a nonprofit engineering organization that provides sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions for the global water crisis, manages the operations of more than 2,000 safe water systems around the […]

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Conversational Commerce and Bots

You may have heard a lot about bots lately. But what are they, and how do they relate to conversational commerce? First, conversational commerce is a term recently introduced by Chris Messina. We define conversational commerce as “Conversational Commerce is a new way for people and businesses to interact in a world driven more and more by text messaging and […]

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Helping Powering Potential Inc. understand impact of technology at Tanzanian schools

The IBM jStart team is helping the Powering Potential organization better understand how students are using computers supplied to schools in the East African nation of Tanzania by analyzing data collected from log files.   Powering Potential Inc. (PPI) is a non-profit organization that supplies technology to enhance education at secondary schools in rural Tanzania.   They supply these schools with a […]

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GraphQL

GraphQL GraphQL is a data query language and runtime that allows client applications to specify exactly the data they need. Slides: GraphQL Overview by Jonathan Kaufman Hassle free slidedeck hosting. Designed from the ground up for technical presentations and the need of our community! motivation Before we really understand what that means, let’s imagine we’re building a large scale application […]

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Visualizing Big Data with Spark and Scala

While exploring data analytics with Apache Spark, the team came to the realization that there are many Python examples, but resources for Scala are somewhat lacking. In particular, there are few data visualization examples in Scala. Python’s predominant visualization module is Matplotlib, but we struggled to find a Scala library that offered the same breadth of functionality and granularity of control. Brunel In our […]

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