Video: In the age of Siri, we take for granted how far speech recognition technology has come. But a quick glance back at 1986, when IBM introduced its voice recognition software, shows that we've travelled light years since the earliest version of this game-changing software. And it's even more fun in satire form.
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Tech titans like SpaceX's Elon Musk, Apple's Tim Cook and IBM's Gini Rometty have all met with President Trump during his first two months in office. But it was always under a cloud of suspicion about the true motives of tech's biggest names. We now have a hint about Phase II of Operation Tech Oligarchy.
Besides bad hair, pleated jeans and 21 Jump Street, the '80s brought us a remarkable technological revolution. Nintendo changed the living room forever with the introduction of the NES in 1985. IBM, Apple and the Commodore 64 ushered the personal PC into our lives. Even the internet breathed a few gasps of air with NFSNet and the rise of the teen hacker.
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has taken some major heat from her employees for continuing to advise US President Trump, and that seems likely to continue in the near future. Rometty recently sent out a new internal memo defending her collaboration with the Trump administration, and like every IBM statement to come before it, the whole thing is pretty weak.
The list of companies opposing President Trump's discriminatory Muslim travel ban has grown. Yesterday, 31 companies added their names to an amicus brief opposing the ban, claiming that it hurts business. The total is now 127 companies, but there's still one high profile tech company that hasn't spoken out: IBM.
Watson Nao is a self-learning "concierge robot" powered by IBM's question-answering computer system of the same name. During Nvidia's GTU technology conference, we were shown a demo of Nao in action from IBM Watson's chief technology officer Rob High. According to Hugh, one of the keys to endearing artificially intelligent robots to humans will be their ability to sing and dance authentically. We'll let you be the judge...
On 6 December 1989, Canadian women were targeted, shot, and killed for being engineering students. The Montreal Massacre is a national day of remembrance and action, which makes it the perfect time for IBM to push their pinkification of science campaign.