By Sarah Storelli
Inspiring. Empowering. World-changing. From IBM clients and business partners to industry analysts and media from around the globe, 17,000+ attendees came to IBM World of Watson 2016 in Las Vegas to experience and understand how IBM Watson is continuously improving the world, personally and professionally.
With Watson, we learned how the world is safer, healthier, and more sustainable. In keynote speeches from a variety of key IBM executives – Dr. John Kelly III Senior Vice President of IBM Cognitive Solutions and Research aka “The Godfather of Watson”; Bob Picciano Senior Vice President of IBM Analytics; and Ginni Rometty Chairman, President and CEO of IBM – we learned how the power of IBM Watson is fundamentally redefining the future of work across every industry – whether it’s automotive, education, healthcare and human resources, to name a few.
In addition to the keynotes, over the course of the conference, attendees had the chance to put Watson to work throughout the “Cognitive Concourse”, i.e. the expo. Whether someone was a data scientist, developer, inventor, or an everyday business professional, people could make music with Watson by creating their own cognitive composition, stop by the cognitive bakery to see what was cooking with Chef Watson, and receive in-depth exposure into the workings of enterprise crowdfunding via IBM Cognitive Build! However, the fun didn’t stop there….
One of my favorite components within the Cognitive Concourse was experiencing Olli – the first self-driving vehicle to integrate advanced cognitive computing capabilities! Utilizing cognitive technology, Olli told passengers the temperature outside, recommended the best restaurants nearby, and informed riders of the most popular activities happening in the area. Talk about no longer having the fear of missing out when you’re in a new town with Olli guiding (and driving) you!
Throughout the conference, I was continuously amazed by IBM’s advances in technology, as a result of our work with clients and business partners. As a #ProudIBMer, I was reminded how IBM sees no barriers to innovation regardless of job location and level. Additionally, I saw how much passion IBMers have for making the world a better place.
To sum up some of my favorite sentiments expressed by Ginni Rometty: The world will not turn into the world of Watson, but rather, we will live in a world with Watson. What does this mean for us? It means that man and machine are partnering together to tackle the world’s largest problems. And there’s no better time than now to be part of the lasting, global legacy. Won’t you come along and be part of this incredible journey with us?
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Sarah Storelli is External Relations Lead at IBM Analytics
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