Think Monday: Six “thoughtful” moments

By and Sarah Dudley | 4 minute read | March 19, 2018

It is alive!

Think, that is. IBM’s first-of-its-kind event kicked off today. Below, we’re sharing  just a few of the moments that made today such a great opening day.

1. Think is a sensory adventure!

From the moment you walked through the Las Vegas airport, it hits you … this is a big deal. And a bright deal. And sometimes a loud deal. Just look around the Mandalay Bay, where we’re spending most of our time this week. There’s incredible branding everywhere you turn, D.J.’s on the floors to keep the energy up, information people ready to point you in the right direction (“asking for a friend”). Even the badges transcend the normal conference badge. It’s home for the most of of what makes up Think, and the event team has done a great job of making it feel like this is exactly where we all want to be.

Think 2018 kicked off Monday, March 19 and we've captured our favorite thoughtful moments for the day.          Lots to see and hear at Think 2018 ... it's a feast for the senses

2.” I can’t wait to see what we do together! #TJBot”

Wise words from TJBot, our open source project designed to introduce you to Watson Services in a fun way. So why are we quoting him? Because he’s one of two giveaways happening during the Watson IoT keynote. The other: a Land Rover Experience from Jaguar Land Rover. While the Land Rover that’s parked in front of our campus didn’t have much to say, I can tell that this experience is an off-road adventure with you at the wheel! Make sure you join us at 11:30 a.m. in the Mandalay Bay Ballroom for great information and your chance to win.

TJBot makes an appearance at the Watson IoT Keynote on Tuesday.          A Land Rover Experience will be part of the giveaway during tomorrow's keynote with Watson IoT GM Kareem Yusuf

3. “Our mission is to improve the flow of urban life.”

Watching people at a major event like Think, with 30,000+ attendees, gives us a glimpse into what it takes to manage people flow through a building. With 200,000 people moving to cities every day, improving people flow and the quality of life of city-dwellers is a priority for Kone. With the growth of cities and the emergence of new technology all the time, the opportunity for disruption is rampant. For Kone, it is all about really using data. Not just having data – every business has data – but putting that data to work to control people flow.

In some cases where tens of thousands of people are on the move in a single building at any time, a disruption is of major concern. Watch the video below to see how Kone is using artificial intelligence (AI) and Watson IoT to improve people flow. And then experience the “most uneventful virtual reality escalator ride ever.

4. “Prediction means nothing without prevention”

Kone understands that predicting a failure is only half the battle. You must then act on that data to prevent downtime and losses. This is the mantra of an effective maintenance strategy in the era of Industry 4.0. Predict losses before they happen, pinpoint what is causing them, and act on this information to prevent failure and losses. An estimated $5 trillion is lost each year on manufacturing waste. That is a massive number but it also holds great potential for improvement. As Binny Samuel, IBM Offering Manager for IoT for Manufacturing, put it, “Numbers like these give me a sense of purpose.” By taking the data you already have, and adding a layer of analytics and AI to it, organizations can begin to optimize their plants and processes and eliminate unnecessary waste.

5. A Campus Grand Opening that was indeed grand

It. Was. Amazing! Great energy, smart booths, interesting demos and such great style. Everywhere you turned, you could see clients engaged … with IBMers, each other and all the great knowledge housed in this campus. We were excited to show our own smarts, with the Harman concept car, the Kuka robot arm showcasing visual inspection and more. Stay turned for more about these, because they were great!


6. “People like the idea of smart buildings until it learns too much about them”

Technology needs to be both useful and respectful. For example, rather than having badges scanned as a person enters a conference room, we can measure Co2 levels in the room to understand occupancy. In this way, we get the information needed to make decisions without compromising security or privacy of individuals. In the panel that closed out Day 1 of Think, we heard from five experts in the field of smart buildings to hear about the possibilities in the future – and how to balance technology with people. How do you get someone to work longer hours or build more code? It starts with creating an environment that supports their needs, including their need for privacy.

These were just a few of the highlights from Day 1 of Think. Share your favorite thoughtful moments with us in the comments.

Don’t forget: if you can’t join us in person, you can still join online. Bookmark the Think live page, for access to live broadcasts and replays of many sessions.