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IBM brings Watson to Munich

Tuesday, 15 December, 2015 0 Comments

It would be an exaggeration to say that Germany has bet the farm on the Industry 4.0 concept, but the country certainly is investing a huge amount of credibility along with significant sums of money in its variant of the Internet of Things (IoT). That willingness to take manufacturing into the cloud and beyond got a big vote of confidence today when IBM opened its Watson IoT global headquarters in Munich. The city will also host IBM’s first European Watson innovation centre.

The declared goal is to add the power of cognitive computing to the billions of connected devices, sensors and systems that make up the IoT. The campus environment at the Highlight Towers on Mies-van-der-Rohe-Straße will bring together a thousand IBM developers, consultants, researchers and designers and will also serve as an innovation lab for data scientists, engineers and programmers “building new connected solutions at the intersection of cognitive computing and the IoT,” according to the IBM press release.

Along with the facility in Munich, IBM announced today that it is opening Watson IoT Client Experience Centres across Asia and the Americas. Locations include Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Texas. These will provide clients and partners access to technology, tools and talent needed to develop and create new products and services using the cognitive intelligence delivered via the Watson IoT Cloud Platform.

As Thomas J. Watson Jr. once said: “Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.”


Detroit and Buffalo and beyond

Saturday, 21 November, 2015 0 Comments

Her vocals have been compared to those of Dolly Parton; her songwriting to that of Tom Waits. David Menconi wrote in Spin that she sings “like an earthbound Emmylou Harris.” After her parents divorced, Amanda Shires divided her childhood between the Texas cities of Lubbock and Mineral Wells, and it was in a pawn shop in Mineral Wells that she got her first fiddle at the age of ten. From there on, there was no doubt about where she was going. Since then, she’s been to Detroit and Buffalo and beyond. Her husband, Jason Isbell, is scheduled to play at La Maroquinerie in Paris, France, on 18 January. Memories of the Bataclan will still be vivid, but the music must go on.

Johnny Winter RIP

Thursday, 17 July, 2014 0 Comments

He did finger-picking blues and rock-star riffs. Along with his younger brother Edgar, Johnny formed a band when he was 15 and they made an unforgettable impression as both brothers were born with albinism and they grew their white hair long. On his website, he’s described as “the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock.” RIP

The Merry/Mary Go Round of Kacey Musgraves

Saturday, 29 September, 2012

The word “merry” sounds like “Mary” when pronounced by Kacey Musgraves, a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Golden, Texas, 80 miles east of Dallas. Matters get complicated when Musgraves mixes the two words, as in: “Mary Mary quite contrary / We’re so bored until we’re buried / And just like dust we settle in this town / […]

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As I roved out in Austin, Texas

Saturday, 19 May, 2012

Born in Brattleboro, Vermont, Sam Amidon is a singer who’s not afraid to give the classics of the folk tradition a spin around the musical block. As I Roved Out was was collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1904 from a Mr. Broomfield, in the village of East Hornden, in Essex. Williams wrote, “the tune […]

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Ring them bells Sweet Martha / For the poor man’s son

Saturday, 25 February, 2012

Produced by Daniel Lanois and hailed by critics as a triumph, Oh Mercy was Bob Dylan’s 26th studio album. It was released in 1989, which was 12 years before Sarah Jarosz was born in Austin, Texas. She picked up the mandolin at 10 and a decade later she was being called “a songwriter of uncommon […]

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