Next Gen Tech Trivia

This month at Planet Mainframe, the focus is on Next Gen Tech. When it comes to mainframes or even whatever handheld device you find yourself attached to, artificial intelligence is probably the first thing that comes to most of our minds when we think of the cutting edge of technology. 

With the advent of the IBM z16 and its integrated on-chip Telum AI accelerator, mainframes are not lagging behind the rest of the world. Perhaps you’ve heard that the dual-processor 5.2 GHz chip and its 16 cores can perform 300 billion deep-learning inferences daily with one millisecond latency?

AI ushers us into an era of new possibilities and new threats. That statement has already become a bit of a cliché, but that doesn’t make it less true. This week’s quiz skims the surface of AI knowledge, but test yourself…maybe you’ll learn something!

1. Models that are trained on a broad set of unlabeled data that can be used for different tasks, with minimal fine-tuning are called ____________.


2.  LLM stands for…


3. IBM’s watsonx Code Assistant is powered by IBM’s Granite foundation models.


4. The term “foundation model” was first coined by a team from which university?


5. The acronym NLP refers to the branch of computer science—and more specifically, the branch of AI—concerned with giving computers the ability to understand text and spoken words in much the same way human beings can. NLP stands for:


6. There’s a good chance you have interacted with NLP in what forms?


7. While foundation models offer real promise and potential, they also come with new challenges. For one, they are energy intensive. Training one large natural language processing model has roughly the same carbon footprint as running how many cars over their lifetime?


8. The word “cybernetics,” an older term for AI, comes from “kubernetes,” the ancient Greek word for what?


9. What percentage of CEOs say they face significant pressure from investors, creditors, and lenders to accelerate the adoption of generative AI?


Sonja Soderlund is an Oregon-based B2B freelance writer. Whether writing about mainframe computers, educational technology, or sustainable retail, she strives to bring clarity to complex issues. Connect with her at or LinkedIn.

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