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IBM Centennial Lecture Series - Ideas that shaped a century

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Will man or machine emerge the winner this February when a computing system competes on American quiz show Jeopardy! against the show's top contestants? Some would recall a similar match when IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer capable of calculating 200 million chess positions per second defeated the reigning World Chess Champion. The biggest winner in these matches is that technology behind IBM's supercomputers can be adapted to solve problems - from accurately diagnosing patients to providing tourists and citizens with specific information regarding cities - and drive progress.

Using a heart/lung machine built by IBM, the world performed its first successful open-heart surgery on a human. Using IBM computers, NASA landed the first men on the moon. Using advanced analytics, IBM helped the New York Police Department to significantly reduce crime rates.

Seventy-six years before the Americans with Disabilities Act, IBM hired its first employee with a disability while 18 years before the Civil Rights Act, IBM hired its first black sales representative. In as early as 1935, IBM introduced women into professional ranks to take on customer contact positions traditionally filled by men.

Across business, government, academia and the society at large, few would argue that IBM is a champion of progress.

As IBM celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2011, we invite future leaders of Singapore and Asia to draw on IBM's distinctive mindset, organizational culture, scientific insight and century of world-changing work. The IBM Centennial Lecture will present you a rich narrative discoveries, struggles and individual insight that have animated IBM for a century. Participate in the deep discussions to help build bonds and a shared agenda for the future.

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Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, IBM Corporation

Friday, 11 February 2011
3.15 p.m. - 4.15 p.m.

Auditorium, Level 3, Block B, Faculty of Law,
NUS Bukit Timah Campus
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776

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