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Eye on the i World: Adopting Watson-Based Apps - Some Examples

John Ghrist

IBM Watson apps available via the cloud are a more viable alternative than many SMBs realize.

Written by John Ghrist

Currently, there are a number of mental drawbacks for executives at IBM i and other enterprises that might benefit from using the IBM Watson platform. One is the misperception that Watson and its associated products primarily benefit only large companies with correspondingly “Big Data” sources. Another is that the traditional model of licensing software for in-house use gets expensive for Watson apps because the Watson platform itself currently runs only on high-end IBM i servers like the 750. A third is that going just by info available on the web can make it hard to get your head around what sort of use could be made of Watson and its associated apps in your enterprise’s specific environment.

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IBM Watson’s Fight Against Cybercrime

Steve Pitcher

Watson for Cyber Security provides new tools for overwhelmed security staff.

Written by Steve Pitcher

In any IT system, how do you know if it’s under attack?

That’s really a loaded question. Systems are always under attack. Day and night, whether you’re aware of it or not, people, machines, and programs are hitting any device that can be reached either on the public Internet or on private networks. Old NAT rules on firewalls can be very effective holes to constantly probe a commonly used port on internal servers. Internal employees with computers infected with many forms of malware are hitting every machine on corporate networks in countless businesses all over the world right now.

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TechTip: Using the DB2 Programming Language (PL), Part 1

David Shirey

Everybody’s talking about data-centric programming. Well, I mean you won’t hear people talking about it in a bar or anywhere fun, but whatever. But this isn’t a bar, is it? No, more’s the pity. So, since there’s nothing else to do, let’s talk.

Written by David Shirey  

A few months ago, I wrote an article about data-centric programming. And it was very nice and all, but I want to get specific and cover a fair amount of detail about how to actually go about it.

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Cognitive Morality

Steve Pitcher

Debating the ethics and morality of artificial intelligence before machines do it on our behalf.

Written by Steve Pitcher

Have you ever seen Ex Machina? If you haven’t, here’s your spoiler alert in advance.

It’s a 2015 movie about a young programmer named Caleb Smith who wins a corporate contest to spend a week with the CEO of his company in a secluded, high-dollar fortress home in the middle of nowhere. Now, the most unrealistic part of the movie would be the initial premise: someone actually wanting to win a week-long one-on-one trip to their CEO’s home in the middle of nowhere. The CEO has built an attractive humanoid robot named Ava with artificial intelligence (AI), and the purpose of Caleb’s visit is to impartially evaluate Ava to determine if she is capable of independent thought and consciousness.

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Eye on the i World: What You Think You Know About Watson Might Be Wrong

John Ghrist

What's Watson? That high-end IBM analytics platform that only a global health insurance company or some other giant conglomerate can use effectively? Maybe not.

Written by John Ghrist

I'm starting to be a bit mystified by the IBM Watson phenomenon, and for more than one reason. On one hand, there's at least a segment of ISVs in the IBM i market that think Watson's nothing to be concerned about. On the other, there's IBM itself, which seems to be hoping IBM Watson will be a big engine of growth in its corporate future, and yet, some of the information IBM offers about the platform via the web seems, well, surprisingly vague and even unintentionally misleading.

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TechTip: Watson, APIs, and You, Part 1

David Shirey

If there’s anything hotter than that new bacon-kale-champagne salad, it’s Watson and its family of APIs. But what is Watson, and what does it mean for you?

Written by David Shirey 

Everywhere you look today, you see the little Watson symbolin magazines, in TV ads, everywhere. It has become the Good Housekeeping seal of approval on any product or idea, stamping it with the authority and superiority of artificial intelligence.

But do very many of us really know what that stands for and what’s involved? Over the next few TechTips, we’re going to spend a little time digging into Watson and discovering just what makes Watson so special and how it may impact your life over the coming years.

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TechTip: Node.js on Linux with JDBC Connection to DB2 for i

Aaron Bartell

Real-world needs demand real-world "what happens if I poke here?" solutions.

Written by Aaron Bartell

One thing I love about my job at Krengeltech is doing discovery work to determine if a collection of technologies can work together to accomplish a business need. Such was the case today. A business had the need to communicate from Node.js on CentOS to DB2 for i. There are many options available to accomplish this task and I've listed some of them below. I've included commentary concerning my thoughts about each.

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Musical Chairs and a New Name at IBM

David Shirey

Is IBM at it again? Are they on the verge of another renaming event? Internal memos seem to indicate that it has already happened.

Written by Dave Shirey  

If you have been around the IBM i world long enough, you know there’s really only one thing that is constant—IBM’s primal need to rename things every few years. This time it’s not the i itself that’s being renamed, but Power Systems may not be Power Systems much longer.

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