Caroline Roche is VP and Senior Partner at IBM.
More than a dozen thought leaders and decision makers took the stage at the Edison Foundation's Institute for Electric Innovation's 13th annual Powering the People event in Washington D.C. Enjoy these excerpts.
Caroline Roche: Utilities historically are quite relevant to some of these other industries that are also facing the clean energy transition. Talking about AI is not new, and IBM has been working from a technology perspective on AI for over thirty-five years, maybe longer.
One of the first instances of that was in 1997, when we had a machine beat a chess player. You are familiar, I imagine, with when Watson beat Jeopardy. So, we have been using AI for some time, and I think one of the things that's the most interesting as I talk about this with my clients and my teams is AI is everywhere.
But most people don't understand that there's a big difference between AI and Generative AI. Generative AI is not equal to AI, necessarily. I've been kind of laughing at the fact that with the advent of OpenAI, there has been a lot more interest in good old AI, as I like to call it, of the traditional predictive forecasting.