Here are some highlights from the April 18, San Jose, Rational Electronics Symposium event.
Paul Brody, IBM Global Industry Leader, Electronics, gave a very fascinating keynote speech. He talked about how we are now living in a software defined world and what it means.
Software is managing everything and it's going to get even more pervasive. The software-mentality is invading hardware as well, taking over manufacturing as well with 3D printing and advanced robotics. However, there's only one problem with the software-defined world we're heading into: it's not very good. From quality to security to privacy, much of the software we make is not robust. Our obsession with rapid cycles and releases has helped make software powerful and fast, but it has failed to make it really reliable. That may be fine for a phone that we keep for 12 months, it's not for our door knobs, kitchen appliances and jet engines.
The answer is not to go backwards.
We must find ways to leverage social networks and open source to engineer in quality, reliability and sustainability. The Smarter Planet is going to be designed, built, and run using software. We've got to make sure it works reliably!
You can find all the presentations from the event here:
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