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IBM's Deep Computing Institute

Techstination feature for Tuesday, May 25, 1999

Putting computers to work on the great mysteries of mankind. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. It is, admittedly, a love-hate relationship we humans have with computers. When they work, they can be great. But when they don't... Look at what this Y2K stuff is costing us. You do have to love, though, the idea behind IBM's newly formed Deep Computing Institute. Top scientists from around the world are teaming up with the most powerful computers to come up with some really useful stuff. Including, says institute director William Pulleyblank, new medicines that could save your life...

"It's going to start to become possible that we can actually do a personalized pharmaceutical that deals with an illness for a particular person and just hits that particular person's illness and has minimal side effects done on a one off kind of a basis. And that's the kind of thing that's going to take the computing power which we're trying to put into these things."

Medicine tailored to your genetic makeup. The age old problem of predicting the weather is also on the Deep Computing agenda. It is called high precision forecasting...

"So instead of just knowing that it's going to rain sometime tomorrow afternoon, you can know that it's going to rain at 2:30 and it will be over by 3:15 and by the way, when it rains, there'll be water on Shea Stadium but nothing on Yankee Stadium."

Just imagine. A world without fair to partly cloudy with a chance of showers.