IBM + Red Hat: On The Path Of Change

Today’s announcement that IBM was going to acquire Red Hat for $34B amazes me because it showcases how much change a company can achieve. Back when I worked at IBM, it was a very rigid, hardware focused company that resisted change like a 4-year-old resists eating his or her vegetables. Back then we used to bet how long a new external hire would survive in the firm with the most generally lasting in the 9-12-month range. Today’s IBM...

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Thoughts On IBM’s Impressive Storage Announcement

I used to work in IBM storage so I kind get a kick out of covering their announcements. Part of that kick is that I don’t have to do them anymore myself given what a PITA they were to get through approvals. This week IBM announced some interesting products. I’d say exciting, but the reality is that for a storage admin, the word “exciting” generally means something went very wrong so I avoid the term when talking about storage for fear...

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BlackBerry And The China Military Supermicro Server Hack

I’m at the BlackBerry Security Summit this week and wouldn’t you know it, while I’m here Bloomberg blasted out a story indicating pretty much all the major companies that use Supermicroservers may have been hacked. BlackBerry is talking about the need for a different approach to security and mostly focusing on the spreading nightmare that IoT represents for security but, with this alleged hack, maybe we should be thinking about what...

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NVIDIA GTC Europe: Where Today Meets Tomorrow

NVIDIA’s GTC (GPU Technology Conference) has become the premier hardware event focused on the near-term future of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, High Performance Computing (both PCs and Servers), Virtual Reality, and the wave of disruptive innovation we seem to be in the middle of. This year’s European event takes place from October 9th-11th in Munich, Germany, known throughout the continent as the place where...

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IBM Creates Critical Tool To Detect AI Bias

Bias could turn future AIs into very dangerous things because bias corrupts the process and would almost certainly lead to results that are untrustworthy. This is particularly scary with AIs particularly as they advance from Narrow AIs, to Broad AIs, and eventually emerge as General AIs. This is because the farther you go down this evolutionary path the more autonomous the AI becomes and a powerful AI that can’t be trusted could...

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