Generative AI is fundamentally changing things at Oracle.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

September 20, 2023

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ORACLE CLOUDWORLD 2023 — At CloudWorld 2023, Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison (pictured above) said his company has a long history with artificial intelligence (AI), and has a lot of surprises coming with generative AI.

Oracle CloudWorld is happening this week in Las Vegas. Key themes are the importance of distributed cloud services; partners are key for customer success; and greater simplicity and control.

When addressing generative AI, Ellison said Oracle has been using AI for a very long time, “but this is different.”

“Generative AI is a revolution, a breakthrough, fundamentally changing things at Oracle,” he said. “This makes AI central to almost everything we’re doing and fundamentally changes how we build applications, run applications; it changes everything.”

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For example, Oracle isn’t going to be writing new applications in Java anymore, Ellison said. If it’s starting a brand-new product, it’s now generating the code via APEX. With APEX, the development team is dramatically smaller, development speeds up and it doesn’t generate security bugs because the AI system wrote it.

“So as long as you’re willing to spend fewer people and less time building your application, it will be more secure and more reliable,” he said. “If there is no human labor, there is no human error. The only way you can build a secure system, a truly secure system, is to eliminate human error. This is a very big deal.”

When it comes to generative AI, everyone wants to know what comes next, Ellison said Tuesday at Oracle CloudWorld.

“I’m going to start by telling you what I think comes next, which is a worldwide race to build what comes next — to build better AI, still better AI, which will deliver a better future and will have significant associated risks like all new technologies from the first technology fire, which can be misused … to later technology like nuclear power, which can be misused,” he said. “All new technologies can be misused. However, by and large, technology and advances in technology have made our lives better, have made us as human beings more prosperous and more comfortable.”

In addition to health care, other industries can be transformed using 21st century technologies, Ellison said. That includes growing indoors to improve agriculture, providing better support to first responders and more.

Scroll through our slideshow above for more from Tuesday at Oracle CloudWorld.

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Edward Gately

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As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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