A moment with Dr. Dario Gil ahead of Think Summit 2019

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Author: David La Rose, IBM A/NZ Managing Director

IBM’s Think Summit 2019 kicks off in less than 24 hours so I took the opportunity to sit down with our keynote speaker Dr. Dario Gil, IBM’s Director of Research, to get a sense of what’s in store.

One of the hottest topics of discussion at #ThinkAU will be AI. In today’s world, we need technology that helps us learn directly from the masses of data we’re generating and collecting. Contrary to popular belief, big data is not a solution – it’s actually a problem and AI is part of the answer to that.

There’s a great saying in the world of AI – use grand challenges to motivate what’s possible – and Dario does a good job of setting the tone for what’s to come from IBM.

From where we are in the world of narrow AI and where we expect we’ll be in the world of broad AI, this is one of IBM’s biggest bets heading into the future of computing. The future with IBM is all about combining quantum and AI, the latter of which is part of the permanent landscape of computation.

Ever since IBM coined the term ‘machine learning’ back in 1959, we’ve been experimenting with AI to play games; whether it be the first game of checkers using machine learning or a game of jeopardy with IBM’s Watson. This year however, the games are over and it’s onto debate.

If AI is going to manifest in the real world, it needs to live in the ‘messy world’ of humans. This messy world is a world of discourse and debate. It’s not always clear who wins, or who loses, but that’s not the point. It’s about our ability to construct an argument and have a debate.

This year’s #ThinkAU features an impressive program guaranteed to challenge and inspire. If this is just a taste of what’s to come, I’m sure we’re in for a fantastic day.


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