What exactly do we mean when we talk about innovation?
Are we talking about creating a new product, forming a new partnership, or investing in a new sector? Innovation is about more than physical products or financial investments. At its core, it’s about invention and creation, challenging the norms and contributing to exciting advancements in human knowledge and capability.
Diversifying an economy by definition requires a strong commitment to innovation. At Mubadala, several of our businesses are working with cutting-edge technologies and devising unique solutions that are helping place Abu Dhabi at the forefront of a range of global industries.
IBM’s Watson represents a new era in computing which uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data.
Mubadala and IBM Watson formed Cognit as a business to provide Watson technology to organizations across the Middle East region, ushering in technological innovation across multiple sectors. IBM is currently working on hundreds of projects to expand Watson's industry domain knowledge across areas including healthcare, law, education, insurance and finance, as well as teaching the system languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and now Arabic.
Robotically assisted heart surgery can sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it’s the type of innovation that results in tangible benefits for patients. These include smaller incisions and scars, typically shorter hospital stays and recovery times, and lower risk of infection, bleeding and blood transfusion.
At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Heart & Vascular Institute, cardiac surgeons use specially-designed computer consoles to control surgical instruments on thin robotic arms, performing certain types of complex heart surgeries with smaller incisions and precise motion control, offering patients excellent outcomes.
As aviation grows at an incredible rate, ensuring safety while maintaining efficiency is one of the industry’s greatest challenges.
Working with researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Mubadala and Strata developed a groundbreaking prototype that uses advanced thermal imaging to detect stresses, fractures and cavities on and inside aerospace structures. The innovative solution can complete the detection process for a variety of defects in few seconds, providing real-time data and images allowing for further inspection of the structure.