NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Bloomberg Businessweek's Max Chafkin appeared on Bloomberg TV's "Bloomberg Markets" to discuss his interview with IBM (IBM - Get Report) CEO Ginni Rometty on her plans to make Big Blue an artificial intelligence powerhouse in order to compete with younger tech companies.
"IBM is way older than Google (GOOGL) or Facebook (FB). IBM is 105 years old. And what they're doing is trying to be a bit more startup-y," Chafkin told Bloomberg TV's Lisa Abramowicz.
He interviewed Rometty at the company's Watson headquarters, which featured an open-plan building in downtown Manhattan, Chafkin said.
"They're trying to be 'cool' I guess," he told Abramowicz.
Rometty joined IBM as an engineer in the detroit office in the early 80s and worked her way up to CEO in 2012.
She told Chafkin that she views IBM as "the grown-up company" to the startup tech companies. She said people from Google and Facebook come to IBM because "they really want to have an impact on serious things."
In other words, you can work on an app at Google or you can help move jet planes around at IBM, Chafkin explained.
Employees at IBM Watson, a cognitive system enabling a new partnership between people and computers, is currently working on a system that will help doctor's detect cancer in patients, particularly in places that don't have enough doctors, like in india, she told Chafkin.
Rometty also believes that the company's cognitive computing platform that the company is working on could turn out to be much bigger than Apple's (AAPL) Siri or Amazon.com's (AMZN) Alexa, Chafkin said.
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