How Declara brings together cloud, AI and social networks to help us learn better

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Ramona Pierson, CEO of Declara, has an amazing personal history, which includes having to relearn how to walk, talk and see after a drunken driver left her for dead.

During her very long recovery, the residents of a senior citizen’s home where she was admitted, teamed up to assess her needs and to help her learn what she could when she could. With Declara, Pierson is applying lessons learned from that experience with her “100 grandparents,” as well as her background in neuroclinical psychology and math to build technology that combines machine learning, search and algorithms to custom design learning programs.

Ramona Pierson

Ramona Pierson

But first, we hash out how IBM is using Watson to cook-up unusual (and apparently delicious) flavor combinations — and implore the Food Network to give Watson an Iron Chef show of its own. Also how one Major League Baseball team (to be named later) is using a Cray Urika graph processing appliance for real-time game assessments. Oh, and we wonder how VMware managed to beat Amazon to market with its virtual desktop service.

And don’t forget, if you want to hear more about Declara and Pierson, she will join us next week at Structure Data.


Hosts: Barb Darrow and Derrick Harris

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