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IBM celebrates 60th anniversary in Hong Kong

IBM celebrates 60th anniversary in Hong KongIBM last week celebrated its 60th year of transforming Hong Kong business through technology.

The company started in Hong Kong in 1957 with a four-person office focused on providing products including electric typewriters, time systems and electric typing calculators. According to Tony Tai, general manager, IBM Hong Kong, the company has grown with the local eoconmy and transformed many businesses with its technology. In 1982, IBM introduced personal computers to Hong Kong. In 1999, the company unveiled its e-business roadmap for Hong Kong.

Tai said IBM's future in Hong Kong will focused on cognitive and cloud computing among other areas.

Congitive computing to transform HK businesses

Tai said together with with other emerging technologies – IoT, blockchain, and quantum computing - cognitive computing is going to change the world.

"IBM is at the forefront of the era with IBM Watson. And we are set to bring the power of Watson and emerging technologies to Hong Kong in our new cycle of 60 years," he said.

The company is set to bring its IBM Watson cognitive computing platform to Hong Kong to help facilitate this disruption.

One of the companies in Hong Kong taking advantage of Watson is augmented reality application developer Dragon Creative. The company is using Watson's cognitive capabilities to develop solutions for businesses based on its MAD Gaze family of smart glass devices.The Vocational Training Council in Hong Kong is currently testing the training simulation capabilities of Mad Gaze to teach automobile mechanics. The smart glasses use Watson APIs to see and identify vehicle parts and advice students where they need to be fitted.

Another example is IBM's recently-announced blockchain collaboration with Forms to drive fintech application development among Hong Kong banking and finance companies.

"IBM considers AI to be augmented intelligence, designed to enhance human capabilities rather than replace the human element," said Tai.