‘Scientists, at IBM Research - Almaden, in collaboration with colleagues from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, have performed the first near real-time cortical simulation of the brain that exceeds the scale of a cat cortex and contains 1 billion spiking neurons and 10 trillion individual learning synapses. ‘
I asked one of my friends if that meant that when you talk to it …it ignored you.. (drumroll please!)
Another indicator about how things are about to change in some pretty big ways our recent developments from IBM and cloud computing. As I listen to these developments, I can't help but reflect on how many of the goals tie back nicely to enterprise systems kinds of goals. Think of being able to Log onto an essentially dumb terminal (in the old days a WYSE terminal, today through a browser). Imagine the cost and management savings of not having to maintain thousands of endpoints beyond their just being endpoints! (think POT: plain old telephone)
When I hear the story of the Pike County school system (and their implementation of cloud computing for the desktop), there is a part of me that starts to jump up and down and scream: ‘It's coming! It's coming!’ We really are moving into the age of industrialization for information technology. (Our old friend Irving Wladawsky-Berger talked about it earlier this year when he talked about the industrialization of services, and there are other recent articles such as this one by strategist Gene Wright where he references Simon Wardley’s lecture on YouTube.---Look for the cats in his slideshow!!)
I heard a great analogy for the ‘older ones’ in the
audience: …think about when you had to use an operator for phone calls, then
for long distance, then for overseas, and now you don’t even need a phone!
Oh, and what do we think will be running the clouds most efficiently in that sky? Enterprise systems??