Monday, January 21, 2019

Hello again, Davos, AI ethics, cybersecurity, Db2 events and IBM Cloud

Hello, here I am again after a while. I hope you had a good start into 2019. I enjoyed being offline for a while, then got busy with not much time to blog. So, here is a roundup of things going on.

The anual World Economic Forum in Davos, CH, reminded me of writing a blog. It brings a lot of extra air traffic to Friedrichshafen and to my blog for the Davos-related articles. With more and more artificial intelligence making its way into our daily and future life, the debate about AI ethics is gaining traction. Interestingly, in 2017 IBM chairman Ginni Rometty gave a talk at the World Economy Forum about that topic: "It should be augmented intelligence, not artificial"

If you are German or interested in German politics and into AI, I recommend following the work of the parliamental workgroup on AI ethics. Andrea Martin, IBM CTO for the DACH region, is one of the selected experts.

Theft and publication of private data of German politicians and others dominated the news for some days. Thereafter, the discussion about data security, privacy, and trust seemed to loose steam. For me, it is part of my business and private work. I am going to attend a cyber security event soon. In December, I requested a copy of all my personal data from Amazon and even though I am more of a "rare customer" there is a lot of data. For insights into mobile apps and health data I recommend the talk "All your Gesundheitsakten are belong to us" given by Martin Tschirsich at 35C3.

The German Db2 User Group, DeDUG, has a website now. Sign up for the newsletter and read about the upcoming events (this Friday, 25.01.2019 in Mannheim). Also check out the IDUG website for the North America event and to submit presentations for the European Db2 conference in Rotterdam.

Last, but not least, if you haven't done so, check out my blog post "IBM Cloud Solution Tutorials - 2018 in Review" with highlights from last year and a look forward into 2019.