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IBM Think 2023: CEO Krishna On The Need To Be ‘Careful’ With AI As An ‘Explosion Of Innovation’ To Come In Next Decade

Wade Tyler Millward

AI is still not at the point of autonomous systems with no humans watching and taking control, says IBM CEO Arvind Krishna, as made-up information from AI presented as fact is still an issue. ‘You have to be careful. If the consequence is massive, I would be a little cautious.’

Krishna On Quantum

Although still in its early days, Krishna told the crowd during his keynote address that quantum isn’t science fiction. He already sees use cases in electric vehicle batteries, carbon sequestration, traffic routing, materials, search and finance.

“IBM has over 20 actual quantum computers,” he said. “Not simulators, not in software, not faked with something else. Real quantum computers that run on our cloud and are accessible to anybody who wants to go play with them.”

Still, quantum’s ChatGPT moment is still three to 10 years away, he said. He urged companies to take quantum cracking of encryption seriously.

He urged partners to take quantum seriously during Partner Plus Day as well.

“If quantum computing was never to exist, today’s encryption schemes are perfect,” he said. “We’ve got to get ready for the post-quantum era.”

Krishna On The Environment

During Partner Plus Day, Krishna implored partners to look into energy savings, if not for the societal benefit of helping the environment, then for the ability to run businesses better as energy costs grow.

“In this case, profit and purpose go together,. My personal view [is] 30 percent of energy use is completely and utterly wasted,” he said.

“If you aren’t paying attention to the environment, it’s OK. I guess you will make less profit.”

Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at

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