WBEZ | IBM http://www.wbez.org/tags/ibm Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Tech companies partner with Chicago high schools http://www.wbez.org/story/tech-companies-partner-chicago-high-schools-96821 <p><p>Five Chicago Public High Schools are partnering with technology companies to offer career training in addition to a traditional high school diploma. Students at those schools will also have the chance to take college credit courses through the City Colleges of Chicago.</p><p>IBM, Motorola, Microsoft, Cisco and Verizon will each partner with a high school in creating a curriculum that focuses on math, science, technology and engineering. The companies are also expected to provide internships and job interviews for graduating students.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he reached out to the companies.</p><p>"They have a shortage of workers. We have a student population ready to fill those jobs if they have the educational opportunities to do it," Emanuel said.</p><p>The changes will begin with this fall’s freshman class and Emanuel said he wants to see other schools follow this model in the coming years. IBM has developed a blueprint the city can use in creating future partnerships with businesses in other in-demand fields.</p><p>The high schools that will offer this new program are: Lake View, Corliss, Michele Clark, Chicago Vocational Career Academy and a new school being built at 7651 S. Homan.</p></p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/tech-companies-partner-chicago-high-schools-96821 Who Is The New Overlord? http://www.wbez.org/story/fun/2011-02-17/who-new-overlord-82487 <p><p>It's Watson, of course.</p><p>IBM's supercomputer, pretty much as expected, did indeed <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=133822413" target="_blank">crush the human competition on </a><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=133822413" target="_blank">Jeopardy!</a>.</em></p><p>After a three-day tournament against past champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, the machine had "earned" $77,147. Jennings was second with $24,000. Rutter came in third with $21,600. (<a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110216-719076.html" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> notes</a> that "the victory nets Watson a total prize of $1 million, which IBM will be donating to charity. Jennings and Rutter get $300,000 and $200,000, respectively, with plans to donate half to charities.)</p><p>"I for one welcome our new computer overlords," Jennings wrote with his Final Jeopardy answer, after it was clear that Watson would win.</p><p><strong>Update at 2 p.m. ET: </strong>Jennings and IBM chief scientist David Ferrucci just spoke with <em>All Things Considered</em> co-host Melissa Block. Jennings said, and Ferrucci agreed, that Watson was faster to the buzzer than his opponents.</p><p>"Human reflexes have a hard time competing with the precision of electronic circuitry," Jennings said. He also believes that "if this were a very boring game show in which all three of us wrote down our responses on paper, a good human jeopardy player could take Watson nearly all the time. But it stays in the game with its speed advantage."</p><p>Here's part of his conversation with Melissa:</p><p>We'll add the as-broadcast version of the interview to this post later. <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/stations/stations/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams ATC.</p><p><strong>Back to our original post:</strong></p><p>Now, Watson is <a href="http://www.medgadget.com/archives/2011/02/ibm_watson_could_revolutionize_healthcare.html" target="_blank">on to the world of health care</a>. Researchers are going to see how helpful it could be to doctors. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1297980731?&gn=Who+Is+The+New+Overlord%3F&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=IBM,Watson,Jeopardy%21,Health,Technology,National+News,Fun,The+Two-Way,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133834740&c7=1003&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1003&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110217&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=2&v21=D%3Dc2&c31=133834994,133834774,133775223,127606515,127602971,127602855,127602405,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 08:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/fun/2011-02-17/who-new-overlord-82487