Blogging from Silicon Valley: The impact of disruptive technology

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As part of their trip to Silicon Valley, University of Ottawa Telfer EMBA students visited the IBM Almaden Research Center where they learned IBM invests one per cent of total revenues in research.

The IBM Almaden Research Center.

We all remember IBM’s WATSON, a product of few millions of source line of code in Java that had tremendous success on the Jeopardy! quiz show. Would it be a far-fetched idea that a few more million SLOCs now could replace the human brain? Global technology outlook science researchers at IBM are creating the disruptive technology that is building industry-changing products and analytic applications.

The latest wave of technology is the confluence of social, mobile and cloud technologies. If the “Internet of Everything” tells you that your wardrobe is “not in style” anymore, cognitive computing will probably adjust the warmth of your fabric based on the temperature change.

We witnessed a cognitive computation demonstration with an example of a game using 256 neurons, the equivalent one an earthworm’s brain, prompting questions about what humans could do if their brains were replicated.

The shear impact of these disruptive technologies is revolutionizing the way we live, even as privacy and intellectual property protection remains unresolved.

The true culture in Silicon Valley is reflected in IBM where it fosters the ecosystem and enhances the relationships among the universities, innovative technology and culture.

-By Annu Vaidya

This article is the second in a series this week on the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management Executive MBA class trip to the Silicon Valley. The trip is part of the EMBA curriculum on "Innovation and Entrepreneurship."

Organizations: IBM, University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management Executive MBA

Geographic location: Silicon Valley

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