Only Path to Progress?

AI, cloud, and quantum computing are revolutionary in their own right, which is why DancingDinosaur continues to look at them ever more closely.  but where they converge, IBM believes, is the potential for a change in computing that could surpass anything before. 

Sounds pretty outlandish to me, but IBM insists you could uncover solutions to complex problems. The company insists it is the future of solving problems. Even after watching its video, I’m not convinced.

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OK, sure it is a tad overdramatic, even hokey, but let’s give IBM, for a moment, enough benefit of doubt to look at their pitch.  Over the years I have used their technologies and not have had any serious complaints yet. (OK, maybe about price and packaging but not about the technology performing as promised.)

The company reports it is working on new types of chips, designed specifically for artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and next-generation systems. –exactly what we would expect from them. It continues: “We’re also working on software to power those devices and to make it simpler for enterprises to tackle those problems like never before. OK, so far no quibbles with that.

Yes, AI, cloud, and quantum computing are revolutionary in their own right, but where they converge, the company sees the potential for a step change in computing that could surpass anything the industry has seen before. When taken together, IBM expects them to exponentially alter the speed and scale at which organizations can uncover solutions to complex problems.

 It calls this phenomenon accelerated discovery. We believe it’s the future of solving problems.

IBM continues: “We’re working with partners around the world to speed up the time it takes to discover new materials; we’re enabling rapid breakthroughs in code migration, chemistry, healthcare, and automation — to name a few areas. We’re working with academia, governments, and industry partners to create discovery accelerators tasked with finding new ways to practically tackle specific problems. 

One of the first accelerators the company launched was in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, where they advanced pathogen research (while) fostering the next generation of tech workers for healthcare. In another, it worked with STFC Hartree, a division of the UK’s science council, and Unilever, to develop a new molecule that can help the skin boost its natural defense against germs. Nothing to quibble about here.

We believe that we’ve entered a new era in computing. At least they are targeting the right areas and the right technologies. Does that constitute a new ear? Or is it a continuation of the current era. Technology constantly evolves and advances and we don’t want it to stop, not now, not anytime soon, probably not ever. So when doesn’t it become a new era and how will we know?

From what I’ve seen and read from IBM it looks like the company is doing good things in the all the hot, in-demand upcoming areas. I hope other companies are directing their research budgets to address similar  problems in those areas too and come up with better solutions at better prices. Isn’t that what free market competition should be all about?

Alan Radding is DancingDinosaur, a veteran information technology analyst, writer, and ghostwriter. Follow DancingDinosaur on Twitter.

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