IBM Think 2021 kicks off with AI innovations and some interesting quantum news

  • “AutoSQL and Cloud Pak for Data: IBM’s touting a breakthrough in cloud-based database management. Basically, where businesses serve up answers to customer queries using cloud-managed AI databases, this will significantly speed things up.
  • According to IBM, the new system gives answers to distributed queries “as much as 8x faster than previously and at nearly half the cost of other compared data warehouses.”
  • Watson Orchestrate: The “no code” AI paradigm is picking up steam and this is a great example of how that can be useful. Orchestrate is an AI system designed to augment workflows for individuals.”

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in 2021

  • “It’s been an amazing year for AI, as we’ve seen it accelerate with the pandemic. We’ve seen adoption in businesses go from 4% to 14%. Now I would say we’re pushing 20%.
  • AI is starting to change the way that business is done. I would say the number one lesson we have learned is there is no AI without IA, meaning Information Architecture. You have to have data in order to do AI. So a lot of these projects become about how we help businesses understand their data and make their data ready for AI.”

HSBC launches AI-powered equity index family

“AiPEX harnesses the power of IBM Watson and EquBot’s AI to ingest and learn from the vast amounts of publicly available and continuously generated data points. These points could include company announcements, tweets, a satellite image of a store parking lot, or even the tone of language a CEO uses during an earnings presentation.”

IBM Offers “Watson Assistant for Citizens” to Provide Responses to COVID-19 Questions

“NEW YORK: County of Otsego – COVID-19-related information will be available within the next few days for citizens to help them quickly get their health and non-health related questions answered regarding the pandemic. Otsego County’s COVID-19 virtual agent will be able to answer citizen’s questions like: “How do I apply for unemployment?”

TEXAS: City of Austin – COVID-19-related information will soon be available for citizens with interactive conversation on where to get testing and other information.”

IBM’s Watson Center pitches AI for everyone, from chefs to engineers

  • “‘Regardless of the industry you’re in, there’s likely an application for AI … even as a chef,’ said IBM’s data and AI engagement lead Euniq Nebo
  • IBM Watson — a set of AI microservices on the cloud — has nearly 20,000 customers across 20 industries in 45 countries, said Inhi Suh, IBM Watson’s general manager of customer engagement.
  • ‘In the second chapter of every company going through its own digital transformation, we see [them] reinventing with AI in some way,’ said Suh. ‘Our desire is to be part of those companies’ journeys.'”