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Meet some IBMers

<p>IBM’s greatest asset is the IBMer. We believe our strength lies in the <a data-entity-substitution="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="">diversity&nbsp;of our employees</a>. IBM encourages <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="ee2f268c-be7f-4d30-b5f5-b80b6fa851f1" href="/thought-leadership/passion-projects">creative pursuits and passions outside of work</a>, because when IBMers can explore their curiosity, it gives all of us a new outlook on the world and its <a href="">possibilities for emerging tech</a>.&nbsp;Together, IBM can drive progress through meaningful innovation and action.</p>


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IBM Fellows

<p>Every year, an elite contingent of IBMers earns the title of IBM Fellow.&nbsp;This year's 12 new IBM Fellows come from Asia, the Americas and Europe. They have worked across multiple business units to assist our clients in their digital transformations and migrations to AI and Cloud. These new IBM Fellows also have energized the company's internal business practices, and have helped to establish and maintain IBM’s reputation as the world’s responsible—and dependable—steward of technology.</p>


IBMers with quantum chandelier


<p>At IBM Research, we invent things that matter. We are a community of thinkers. We make a lasting impact on our industry and the world.</p> <p>Our scientists are pioneering the future of artificial intelligence, creating breakthroughs like quantum computing that will allow us to process information in entirely new ways, defining how blockchain will reshape the enterprise, and so much more. We are driven to discover.</p>


Arvind Krishna and Jim Whitehurst


<p><strong>Arvind Krishna</strong><br /> <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="a64db49e-e5e3-4b8e-a5b7-1914f16ed4ac" href="/about/arvind">Chief Executive Officer</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Jim Whitehurst</strong><br /> <a data-entity-substitution="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="">President</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p>



The cloud for smarter business

<p>Build with advanced data and AI tools on IBM Cloud – the full-stack cloud platform that spans public, private and hybrid environments</p>


The AI platform for business

<p>IBM’s suite of enterprise-ready AI services, applications and tooling. Watson can transform every part of an organization, getting more out of data so you can innovate at speed</p>


Expertise to transform your enterprise

<p>The business and technology partners of choice, integrating leading technology and IBM’s advanced R&amp;D labs to transform your business into a digital enterprise</p>


Thrive in the face of uncertainty

<p>Intelligent enterprise security solutions and services, including intelligence analysis, advanced fraud protection and mobile security, to help businesses prepare today for the cyber security threats of tomorrow</p>


The world is our lab

<p>With 3,000+ researchers in 12 labs on six continents, IBM Research pioneers the most promising and disruptive technologies in AI, blockchain and quantum computing</p>

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Building blocks of next-gen IT architecture

<p>Flexible and secure computing, storage and OS solutions with the performance you need for on-premise IT or hybrid cloud applications</p>

Iconic moments in IBM history

1928: The punch card and the US Census

IBM punch cards become the industry standard for the next 50 years, holding nearly all of the world’s known information and enabling large-scale projects like the US Census

1932: Cloud computing before the cloud … and computers

In a precursor to the modern cloud computing model, The IBM Service Bureau makes tabulating and calculating power an affordable, rentable commodity

1936: Social Security, made possible by IBM

IBM works with the government on the US Social Security Act of 1935, tabulating employment records for 26 million Americans — the largest accounting project of its time

1937: Fill in the bubble

The IBM Type 805 International Test Scoring Machine uses the conductivity of graphite marks to sense fill-in-the-bubble test answers, saving millions of test-scoring hours

1952: The inception of digital storage

IBM introduces the world to digital storage via magnetic tape data, marking the transition from punched-card calculators to electronic computers

1953: The first heart and lung machine

A heart-lung machine built by IBM enables the world’s first successful open-heart surgery on a human. Millions of lives will be saved each year by this technology.

1956: AI before AI

Arthur L. Samuel programs an IBM 704 to play checkers and learn from its experience. It is considered the first demonstration of artificial intelligence.

1957: 60+ years of FORTRAN

Possibly the most influential software product in history, FORTRAN liberates computers from the exclusivity of programmers and opens them to users worldwide

1961: The birth of speech recognition

William C. Dersch demonstrates speech recognition at the World’s Fair. The Shoebox machine converts sounds to electrical impulses, paving the way for Siri, Alexa and Watson AI.

1962: SABRE: the genesis of eCommerce

IBM and American Airlines launch the first computer-driven airline reservation system. This is the precursor for all eCommerce today, from eBay to Amazon.

1969: The first men on the moon

In an epic feat of engineering, IBM builds the computers and software for the Apollo missions, landing Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon and guiding them back to Earth

1970: Charge it — the magnetic swipe strip

IBM’s inception of the magnetic swipe strip changes the way commercial transactions are enacted. An entirely new industry is born, revolutionizing travel and security access.

1971: The world’s first floppy disc

One of the industry’s most influential products ever, the IBM floppy disc makes storage powerful, affordable and portable. Over 5 billion units will sell.

1973: The UPC bar code

Supermarkets start scanning UPC bar codes invented by IBMer Norman Woodland. The retail industry is transformed, with UPC codes tracking everything from clothing to cows.

1980: IBM patents LASIK surgery

Using a laser so precise it can write on a human hair, IBM earns the first patent for LASIK surgery. More than 30 million people will enjoy improved vision.

1981: Introducing the IBM PC

The PC revolution begins. With the IBM Personal Computer, computing goes mainstream, beyond hobbyists and into the realm of common household commodity.

1986: Scanning tunnel microscope wins the Nobel Prize

IBM scientists win the Nobel Prize for the scanning tunnel microscope. The impact on microelectronics and nanotechnology is global.

1997: AI defeats a reigning chess champion

IBM Deep Blue supercomputer defeats the best chess player in the world. Thinking computers take a giant leap forward toward the kind of AI that we know and use today.

2011: First AI to understand fluid language

In an unprecedented demonstration of natural speech recognition and cognitive computing, IBM Watson defeats the champions of the TV quiz show Jeopardy!.

2018: The Summit of supercomputing

In 1961, the IBM 7030 was the world’s first transistorized supercomputer. In 2018, the Summit supercomputer boasts the most powerful processor on the planet. Summit reaches speeds of 200 petaflops in a new computing architecture, purpose-built for AI, on technologies available to all businesses.

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