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IBM i Pulse: August 3rd, 2018

Posted by Tim Losee on Aug 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM


Glad to have you back for this week's IBM i Pulse! Each week we will be taking a deeper look at the latest IBM i and Profound Logic news. 

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Steve Will on the IBM i 30th Anniversary, POWER9 Supercomputers and More by Paul Tuohy

Recently Paul sat down with the Chief Architect for IBM i Steve Will and discussed several topics including the 30th anniversary of the platform and the POWER9. Here are some of the highlights from that interview:

"What we really want to celebrate with people is how prepared we are to move forward. So many of our clients are doing amazing things with this platform that show that we're as ready as anyone to carry businesses into the future on this technology front, on the way they work with other people and how they're using data that's is out there in the world. So so that's what our whole celebration theme has been is we're just getting started and we have clients who are showing the way."

"Well, first of all, there are so many things going on in computing and open-source today that people need to understand you can easily expand what your applications are doing. And because we've had such a focus in IBM i in making open-source technology work easily on the platform, you can do things you might not have expected. Some of the stories that we have, for example, center on this one particular business partner, a small development firm in Belgium, CD Invest, who has helped several customers incorporate open-source technology."

"You know we have lots and lots of our clients who are in manufacturing, distribution and so on who are looking forward and saying "we've got to bring robotics into what we do in our plant" or "we've already done that. How can I integrate that with the i?" Well, HT Bendix and a couple of other stories that you can read on the site show how IBM i is driving robotics in those organizations. So it's important to understand that these stories are multifaceted. It's not just about any one thing. It's about showing how the whole nature of this platform and its community are bringing value into the future."

Read the whole interview here

What it's Like to Watch an IBM AI Successfully Debate Humans by Dieter Bohn

Last month at a special event in San Francisco, IBM held two debate-style discussions that pitted two humans against an AI called "Project Debater." The event aimed to give AI the ability to engage humans in a series of reasonable arguments according to standard debate rules including no prior knowledge of debate topics and no prepared responses. Both humans and the AI were given a four-minute introductory speech, four-minute rebuttals, and two minutes for closing arguments and "Project Debater" held its own. Here are some of the highlights from the debate:

  • It essentially created a freshman-level term paper kind of argument in just a couple of minutes when presented with a debating topic it had no specific preparation for.
  • Some of the points it made were pretty facile; some quoted sources and some were pretty clearly cribbed from articles. Still, it was able to move from the “present information” mode we usually think of when we hear AI to a “make an argument” mode.
  • What Project Debater didn’t do was directly engage the criteria set forth by its human opponent.

Read the rest of how the debate went here

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