IBM THINK - New Progress History App



Good afternoon, dear Habrachitatel!


Today I would like to tell you about the new mobile encyclopedia from IBM, which has gathered hundreds of facts from the history of the development of scientific and technological innovations that improve people's health, create clean energy and safer, more comfortable for life and less crowded cities.

Brief description of the application:



Name: IBM THINK
What's inside: interactive content in the form of thousands of images and historical facts
Compatible devices: iPad and Android tablets
Cost: Free
Size: 513 Mb
Language: English

What does it look like?


The application consists of 6 parts:

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Seeing
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Mapping
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Understanding
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Believing
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Acting
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Think film
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Seeing


The section is presented in the form of an interactive timeline, demonstrating in chronological sequence how the use of measuring technologies has evolved from wooden counts to a tunneling microscope.



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The section includes many historical facts:
In 1665. The English scientist Robert Hooke uses a microscope for the first time in scientific biological research to describe the plant cell observed in a cork tree layer.
Further advanced microscopes began to be used to study human cells and bacteria.
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In 1947 English physicist Denir Gabor, during experiments to increase the resolution of an electron microscope, created a new way to record images - holography.
Currently, holograms are used in the field of security and are a reliable way to visually protect plastic cards.
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In 2003 science has determined the lowest achievable temperature - minus 273.15 degrees Celsius. The record was set in the laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the future, ultra-low temperatures may help in the production of nanotechnology.
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In 2009 Based on the research, scientists from IBM developed a silicon-based chip laboratory that can detect 16 different diseases within 15 seconds.
One fine day, in local clinics, the chip will make instant, accurate and inexpensive diagnoses for many diseases.
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What technologies do you think in the following pictures?


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Mapping


The section describes how drawings, charts, graphs and tables from the first geographical maps to modern visualization systems help people by collecting and organizing large amounts of information.
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Cards save lives

In 1854 John Snow notes on a map of the building where people died from cholera devastating London in those days. In the course of the study, John noticed that cholera spreads through the gastrointestinal tract from the water column located on Broad Street, and not through the airborne droplet, as previously thought.

In 2010 after an earthquake in Haiti, using sms, email and twitter on an open source map, users mark the points of destruction, blocked roads and the whereabouts of the victims, thereby providing rescuers with accurate real-time information.
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Schemes create knowledge

In the 16th century, the book "On the structure of the human body" revolutionizes medicine. In it, for the first time, the text is supported by realistic drawings based on the autopsy of human corpses. A thorough examination of the organs and the entire structure of the human body takes medicine to a new level.
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In 2007 John Craig Venter publishes the first complete map of the human genome, which contains his own DNA. Reading the genetic code gives information about a person’s predisposition to certain diseases, which will help make medicine truly individual.
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Understanding


In chronological order, the section describes how “situation modeling” now helps to cope with tasks that previously seemed impossible.
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How to increase grain yield?

In 1944 Nobel laureate agronomist Norman Borloug, through inhuman efforts, is growing new highly productive wheat varieties. Norman manually pollinates thousands of plants to produce varieties that are resistant to different climatic conditions and most diseases. The discovery saves millions of lives and billions of acres of agricultural land.

In 2010 scientists study plant behavior at the genetic level. Using probabilistic modeling, researchers observe the relationship between cereal genes (the genetic network of plants is shown on the right in the picture) and create new improved varieties based on the simulation results.
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How to choose a medicine?

In the 1990s, antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection was vital for those who are sick. But the difficult daily intake of drugs can cause harmful side effects and even create drug resistance, depending on the physiology of the patient. To avoid this, doctors rely on trial and error, backing them up with costly and time-consuming tests that measure the effectiveness of each available drug.

In 2010 a non-profit European research organization analyzes the data of 50,000 patients infected with HIV and 100,000 types of therapy. Today's predictive intelligence systems and the largest databases in the world help doctors give patients individualized advice on how to fight infection.
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Believing


How to build faith in transformation?
People participating in projects to improve the world around us share their observations.






Acting


The section is an interactive globe that has gathered the most inspiring examples of systemic progress around the world!



Acting talks about how:
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Kyushu University reduces energy consumption
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Automercados Plaza's store chain uses data analysis to control its inventory
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Thai hospital improves quality of care
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Singapore predicts traffic situation
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Memphis Police Reduce Crime
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Ho Chi Minh City Improves City Functioning
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La Junta Nacional de Auxilio Escolar y Becas improves student lunches in Chile
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BlueSky boosts education in China
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There are a lot of facts in the section that are difficult to list in one article :)
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Think film


The 10-minute film consists of several stories about how progress, making the world a better place, was made possible through the interaction of people and technology.

Think film вы можете посмотреть здесь, не загружая приложение:



If you want to read more about how prehistoric opening times and new technologies have helped people, you can download the IBM THINK app from the following links :)
iPad: itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibm-think/id546222093?mt = 8
Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ibm.thinkapp
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