AI is the elephant in the room
First of all, I want to apologise to all the hard-working people that worked so many hours on the production and material of the keynote, this is not about you. Everyone did a great job, but the content picked was mostly just utterly boring.
Think 2019: Project Debater AI
IBM showed off something very significant today, and dared to challenge someone who claimed to be the European's best debater in an attempt to win an argument. The judge declared a human as a winner, but the AI machine did a great job while offering comprehensive amount of data to back the argument. This is as big as IBM's Big Blue supercomputer beating Kasparov in 1997.
Things to get better
Xilinx is a company that makes great products and technology but in the past didn’t manage to penetrate the mainstream IT media’s due to the complexity of its products. That is all changing now, the company with its Datacenter, AI, 5G and Automotive aspirations managed to grab a lot of attention and score 34 percent year on year growth.
Bob Swan it is
Intel has just announced that Robert (Bob) Swan, its current interim CEO, is the new CEO of the company. After a rather long search that's lastest since the departure of Brian Krzanich, the board has approved Swan as the permanent CEO position.
Johny Srouji stays at Apple
Well placed sources have confirmed that Johny Srouji from Apple is unlikely to be the new CEO of Intel. Infortunately that doesn’t actually help us to answer who will be the next leader.
5G, big data and processing
Simon Seagers, ARM’s CEO talked about the 5th wave of computing and that is obviously the one that is coming after the last big leap that brought us closer to mobile and cloud mix.
Talk about 7nm CPU and GPU
Last week it was announced that AMD’s President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su will be a keynote speaker at the CES 2019. This is a big step up for a smaller x86 player as this use to be a spot for the big players including Intel, Microsoft or Qualcomm.
Exclusive: Murthy a serious candidate too
Well informed sources close to the matter have confirmed that despite publicly denying it, Bob Swan of Intel secretly wants the CEO job. The only other serious candidate within Intel is ex-Qualcomm's Dr. Venkata (Murthy) Renduchintala, group president of the Technology, Systems Architecture & Client Group, and chief engineering officer at Intel.
Just like many times before, OnePlus CEO Peter Lau has used its forum to announce OnePlus TV to the people.
Becomes a CEO of Lattice Semiconductor
The man who played a key role in Ryzen and Threadripper 1 and 2 comeback, Jim Anderson a general manager at AMD, has left to become the CEO of Lattice Semiconductor, a FPGA maker.