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IBM CEO Arvind Krishna On The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack, The ‘Worrisome’ Chip Shortage And The Future Of AI

Wade Tyler Millward

“We’re going to look back at this time and probably declare 2021 as the year that we entered the digital era completely,” IBM CEO Arvind Krishna says. “The pandemic, as I’ve said before, took 10 years of digital acceleration and brought it in two years, those two being ’20 and ’21.”

‘The Current Semiconductor Shortage Is Very Worrisome’

Much attention has focused on the automobile industry’s chip shortage. But as Krishna sees it, the shortage affects laptops and tablets for schools, server computers, consumer electronics and other areas of technology.

“‘The current semiconductor shortage is very worrisome,” he said. “It’s across the board, it’s no longer just one of those (areas). And that then makes it that people are being asked to make< what I’ll call, a really unfortunate dilemma -- which will get prioritized?”

The solution again relies on a centralized response, he said, like efforts seen in Europe and India.

“There should be a national semiconductor technology center that pushes forward on all of the R&D (research and development) including design work of chips. And that by the way it should be a national initiative -- not confined to any one player.”

Earlier this month, IBM announced the world’s first chip with 2-namometer nanoset technology. IBM is working with Intel and Samsung to manufacture the chips, Krishna said.

 
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 wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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