@FIAT LUX -I'd like to think you're right
YES! Fantastic! 100%. How did you guess?
ANSWER IS BOTH!
AND NOT OR THOUGH.
Like IBM & Sun maybe? Who knows? Suppose no one knows for sure just yet.
As we all know these things often take a while.
Turin and Liverpool are both Thrilling Cities with really fantastic great people, cultures and history and a very great deal in common and both have very fine proud people and great long lasting histories of remarkable achievements.
Yes both problems aplenty and problems and progress do seem to go together a bit in real life and real IT and it does sometimes appear that you can't have one without the other so you never know what ever could be next . . .
Stranger things may have or be about to happen . . .
IBM & Sun? Penry the mild mannered janior? Just Could Be!
Sometimes through and out of the fire of very great shared adversity . . .
Turin's fine people reputedly begat miracles in their rich and historic past and now Fiat is making sound progress and as for Liverpool, just look at the absolutely amazing talent, brains and who knows even one day even Ai, born of a strong survival instinct, warmth of hear and spirit, good humour and sharp wit, often tempered with 'difficult circumstances' that they have repeatedly conquered and springs hope eternal out of Liverpool's heart and mind to a somewhat surprised, always absolutely delighted and eagerly appreciative and waiting world.
More than just an audience this. Come on admit it we're great fans. Go on, force yourself! Liverpool and Liverpudlians? WOW!
'Apple', Beatles, to Capital of Culture, who'd have though it? Ai? Could be?
Makes you stop and think a bit though doesn't it?
Real People in Turin and Liverpool and not Ai approaching the people's great intelligence and skill just yet though, so steady on just a bit for now, and certainly people in Liverpool and Turin have been exploring this wonderous world of IT all for quite some time now with lots of success in embracing and adapting to the new.
Fiat is also steadily progressing again and its already reportedly using 'smart Ai and enabling IT infrustructure and eco motive technolgies' throughout coupled with style and brains
Rumour has it that Liverpool's very own top comedian 'Prof. Ken Dodd', who has been successfully combining a big heart, and a strong love and interest in people and yes money (!) has been quietly for some time now (eons) been exploring the outer reaches of universal good humour, even as far as surviving the famed Glasgow Empire and through a love of computers is just about to make a major important 'breakthrough' in Ai.
Just think of the potentialities!
As for your idea of amanfromMars having new serious competition, no way my friend, serious respect to you, no competition at all from me on this one mate - way, way, way ahead of me everyone is on this tech stuff so be assured you that you should have no fears, no worries on that one Pal. All yours that idea!
IBM & Sun - Just think of the potentialities!
PS: and its not necessarily bad news for everyone else in the IT industry either . . . like i said on the previous thread. People first and its how you handle that aspect that is key, especially now, get it right and the products & services and even profits may follow if customers like and buy.