Summary Box: 100 Years of “Think” at IBM
By The Associated Press
June 16, 2011 (AP)
THE MILESTONE: International Business Machines Corp. turns 100 on Thursday.
THE CONTRIBUTIONS: Everyday tasks of technology, such as computer storage drives, bar codes used in supermarkets and the magnetic stripes on the back of credit cards.
THE FUTURE: While IBM’s Watson attracted buzz by beating two human “Jeopardy!” champions, the company wants to put it to real-world use as a medical diagnostic tool and work on other big data projects.