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Customer Engineers’ Attempt to Keep the World’s Oldest Computer Running (Part 1)

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One of the world’s oldest computers, FACOM128B relay computer made in 1959, is still operational in Fujitsu’s Numazu Complex. Customer Engineers (CEs) have kept it running for 60 years, an unprecedentedly long maintenance period. CEs are the ones to support today’s ICT systems, on one hand, maintains the world’s oldest computer to keep running. What is the meaning of it? What is their mission? We interviewed Nobuyuki Hori, the CE group leader, and Tadao Hamada, the advocate for running FACOM128B.

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Customer Engineers’ Attempt to Keep the World’s Oldest Computer Running (Part 2)

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(Continued from Part 1 of the interview.) The social infrastructure that supports our lives has evolved alongside technology and become indispensable. Today, any system trouble may make our lives dysfunctional. Such risks must be predicted, prevented, and eliminated quickly. As the keepers of such systems, CEs face major changes.

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Driving a Trusted Future with ICT

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As society becomes increasingly complex as technology advances, various concerns have come to the fore, such as worries about potential harm of AI, risks of cyberattacks, and privacy issues. How can we use ICT to rebuild trust in people’s livelihoods, business, and society? In May 2019, Fujitsu’s themes and initiatives for the future were introduced by current president Tatsuya Tanaka and the incoming new president (in June), Takahito Tokita. Then, Toshio Hirose presented case studies on co-creation efforts between Fujitsu and its customers and partners. [Fujitsu Forum 2019 Keynote Speech Report]

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