Posts tagged with "IBM"

Verizon launches $44 million ‘upskilling program’ for Americans who wants to land an in-demand job

October 23, 2020

Telecommunications giant Verizon is investing $44 million in an upskilling program to help Americans unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as Americans looking for better jobs, Business Insider reports.

Currently, applications are being accepted for residents of Dallas, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Seattle, Spartanburg, SC, and Washington, DC. The program will start in November and expand to more cities in 2021.

People who are Black or Latinx (a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina), unemployed, or without a four-year-degree will be given priority admissions.

To deliver the program, the company is partnering with two nonprofits focused on workforce development, Generation and JFF, to launch the initiative.

It will train those in need to get jobs like junior cloud practitioner, junior web developer, IT help desk technician and digital marketing analyst.

The upskilling program is part of Citizen Verizon, Verizon’s recently unveiled responsible business plan that includes a goal of preparing 500,000 people for jobs of the future by 2030.

Digital upskilling has increased during the pandemic as millions of Americans look for in-demand jobs, Reuters reported.

In addition to Verizon, Business Insider notes, Amazon,  PwC,  IBM,  and  AT&T have launched major upskilling programs to retrain their workforces or attract new talent in recent years.

Research contact: @businessinsider

For the age of global warming, IBM offers a super-specific, precise weather forecasting platform

November 15, 2019

Who better to predict what’s coming at us from the wild blue yonder than “Big Blue”— otherwise known as multinational computer colossus IBM?

The Armonk, New York-based tech company announced on November 14 that, along with its subsidiary, The Weather Company, it was rolling out a new supercomputer-driven weather forecasting system that “will provide fresher, higher quality forecasts in parts of the world that have never before had access to state-of-the-art weather data.”

According to the company’s press release, the platform—dubbed the  IBM GRAF (the Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System) can predict conditions up to 12 hours in advance with detail and frequency previously unavailable at this global scale.

IBM GRAF will provide much finer-grained predictions of the atmosphere and update its forecasts six to 12 times more frequently than conventional global modeling systems. Current global weather models cover 10-15 square kilometers (6.2-9.3 miles) and are updated every 6-12 hours. By contrast, IBM says, GRAF forecasts down to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) and is updated hourly.

To date, this level of forecasting precision only has been available in the United States Japan, and a handful of Western European countries, the company says—noting that the launch of IBM GRAF marks the first time that such enhanced forecasts cover more of the globe.

“We view the launch of IBM GRAF as a true inflection point in forecasting science, where technology helps democratize weather data for the good of society,” said Cameron Clayton, head of The Weather Company and general manager of IBM’s Watson Media and Weather. “The enhanced forecasts could be revolutionary for some areas of the world, such as for a rural farmer in India or Kenya. If you’ve never before had access to high-resolution weather data but could now anticipate thunderstorms before they approach your fields, you can better plan for planting or harvesting.”

To build the new modeling system, The Weather Company collaborated with the National Center for Atmospheric Research to base the platform on NCAR’s next-generation open-source global model, the Model for Prediction Across Scales, which uses state-of-the-art science to forecast the atmosphere down to thunderstorm level on a global scale.

Research contact: @IBM