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IEEE Provides the Keys to a Smarter Home

December 21st, 2015 No comments

from: The Institute (IEEE)
By KATHY PRETZ 1 December 2015

Members are making it possible for all your appliances and devices to communicate with each other

That once-futuristic vision of a home full of smart gadgets that anticipate our needs, keep us healthy, and save us money is slowly taking shape. Thermostats now learn our preferred settings and schedule, lights turn on and off as we come and go, and refrigerators adjust their temperatures according to how much food they hold.

Such applications make the home a bit smarter, but they’re not really intelligent. That’s because most home-automation devices are loners: They don’t work with each other. They’re made by different manufacturers, and by the way, they lack privacy and security protection. IEEE is working with industry to build an architecture that provides connectivity; simultaneously, it is developing standards and addressing security concerns.

“The smart home is a great example of where many technology and business domains start interacting and leveraging the Internet of Things,” says IEEE Member Oleg Logvinov, chair of the IEEE P2413 Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things Working Group. “IoT probably represents the biggest tidal wave in technology development since the industrial revolution.”

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Hour of Code 2015

December 19th, 2015 No comments

Published on Nov 16, 2015

Computer science is a foundational field that opens doors for all boys and girls. Starring Sheryl Sandberg, Jasmine Lawrence, Karlie Kloss, May-Li Khoe, Mia Epner, Alice Steinglass, Jess Lee, Jessica Alba, Paola Mejía Minaya, Malala Yousafzai, and Susan Wojcicki.

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Digital Dark Age

June 28th, 2015 No comments

I have often wondered what would happen if a solar flare hit the earth now like it did in 1859 (see wikipedia “Solar Storm of 1859”). Since we are at the peak of the solar cycle, it might be a good time to take a look at the question. With everything stored by computer would we enter a digital dark age?

Well today on “On the Media” they talked about this issue and also the loss of historical digital information.

Take a listen:

On The Media Site

More on the Lunar Image Recovery Project HERE.


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Amazing Technology Invented By MIT – Tangible Media

December 31st, 2014 No comments

Just found this, but it actually a over a year old:

Published on Nov 12, 2013

At the MIT Media Lab, the Tangible Media Group believes the future of computing is tactile. Unveiled today, the inFORM is MIT’s new scrying pool for imagining the interfaces of tomorrow. Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning.

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Watch “A Swarm of One Thousand Robots” on YouTube

December 23rd, 2014 No comments

A Swarm of One Thousand Robots:

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Five Famously Wrong Predictions About Technology – IEEE – The Institute

December 23rd, 2014 No comments

Five Famously Wrong Predictions About Technology
If these came true, there would be no home computers, tablets, or Internet
By KATHY PRETZ 19 December 2014

With the new year almost here, it’s that time when predictions about the future abound. I thought it would be fun to end 2014 by revisiting prognostications from the past that were, well, off the mark to put it kindly.

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.

Ken OlsEn, president Digital Equipment, 1977.

Olson made this statement at the World Future Society meeting in Boston. While he admits he said it, he claims his statement was taken out of context.

While PC sales are dropping—technology research company Gartner forecasted a 6 percent drop from last year, more than 276 million PCs are expected to be shipped this year, 37 years after Olson’s prediction. About two-thirds of the sales are from computer owners who are updating their equipment. The remaining third are replacing their machines with tablets, which brings me to the next prediction, a recent one.

In five years, I don’t think there will be a reason to have a tablet anymore…tablets themselves are not a good business model.

Thorsten Heins, then Blackberry CEO, 2013.

Heins told this to Bloomberg but a month later he revised his comments by saying “We’re interested in the future of tablets, whatever that is.”

Tablets will be around a lot longer than Heins’s tenure at Blackberry: he lost his job in November 2013. About 235 million tablets are forecast to ship by the end of the year, according to the research firm IDC. But it forecasts year-over-year growth of the worldwide tablet market is slowing to just more than 7 percent, compared to 52.5 percent in 2013. That’s because those who have tablets are holding onto them longer, an average of three years. Unlike Heins’s prediction, many organizations have found a way to make tablets part of their business model. School districts are using them as teaching aids, restaurants are taking orders with them, and interior designers can show clients what their new furniture and curtains in a room will look like. What is giving tablets a run for their money might be what some call phablets like Samsung’s Galaxy Note, which combines the functionality of larger smartphones and tablets. But smartphones wouldn’t be around if the next prediction had come true.

There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share.

Steve Ballmer, Former Microsoft CEO, 2007.

In April of that year, Steve Ballmer told USA Today, “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.” Ballmer cited the iPhone’s relatively high US $499 subsidized price as one of his reasons.

Apple is thought to have sold some 38.2 million iPhones in the third quarter of 2014, according to market research firm Gartner’s quarterly handset sales tracker. Gartner expects Apple to have record fourth-quarter sales, with demand for its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus outstripping supply. Sales of Samsung’s feature phones and smartphones declined in the third quarter of 2014, but it continues to lead in sales with more than 73.2 million units sold as of the third quarter, according to Gartner.

Cellular phones will absolutely not replace local wire systems.

Martin Cooper, developer of the first handheld cellphone, 1981.

IEEE Life Fellow Martin Cooper, then director of research at Motorola, gave the Christian Science Monitor this reason why the portable phone wouldn’t replace the landline: “Even if you project it beyond our lifetimes, it won’t be cheap enough,” Cooper said. He did foresee how the device would let people become more mobile. “People don’t realize how tied they are to a single place,” he argued.

I swapped my landline for my cellphone nearly a decade ago. But I’m not the only one to cut the cord with landlines. More than a quarter of U.S. households have stopped using landline phones, according to U.S. Census Bureau data from 2013. Just 71 percent of households had landlines in 2011, down from a little more than 96 percent 16 years ago. Cellphone ownership reached 89 percent, up from about 36 percent in 1998, the first year the survey asked about the devices.

I predict the Internet in 1996 [will] catastrophically collapse.

Robert Metcalfe, coinventor of the Internet, 1995.

Metcalfe, one of the inventors of the Ethernet, told InfoWorld in 1995, “The Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.” Metcalfe, who received the 1996 IEEE Medal of Honor, was discussing capacity and whether the infrastructure of the Internet would hold up under ever-increasing traffic. He ate his words—literally. In 1999, addressing the Sixth International WWW Conference, Metcalfe put a copy of his infamous column into a blender, pureed it, and drank it.

The predictions have come full circle since most of us use our computers, tablets, and smartphones to surf the Internet, causing traffic to grow at steep rates. According to a report prepared by Cisco Visual Networking Index, global Internet traffic has increased fivefold over the past five years, and will increase threefold over the next five years. Overall, Internet traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21 percent from now to 2018. This whole Internet thing doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. And I think we are all happy this prediction never came true.

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Petition To Bring Google Fiber To Memphis Seeks 10K – FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

December 20th, 2014 No comments

Petition To Bring Google Fiber To Memphis Seeks 10K
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 8:31 PM CST Updated: Dec 26, 2014 8:31 PM CST
By Sarah Bleau, Reporter


FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

New development announcements for Memphis brought a lot of Bluff City pride this week: IKEA and H&M, to start.

Memphians now hope Google Fiber is next.

Google Fiber delayed its next announcement for the latest cities receiving the high-speed internet network until after the New Year. A statement this week by the company said mayors and city leaders across the country stepped up to make high-speed broadband access a priority.

“If businesses know that there is superfast Internet being offered in Memphis and for an affordable decent reasonable price, then there are going to be businesses that are going to want to come here,” said Shawn Mufti, a University of Memphis student who created a petition to bring Google Fiber to Memphis.

He created the petition in mid-July, after Google Fiber announced in February it was heading to Nashville.

“It brought me great frustration knowing that Memphis has the highest poverty rate in the nation for city of its size; I think I saw one estimate as high as 28.7-percent,” Mufti said, “So as the old adage goes if you want something done right you got to do it yourself.”

Within four days the petition reached 1,000 signatures. With the renewed Memphis development energy circulating, Mufti is now hoping to reach 10,000 followers.

“I’ve been meeting with some community stakeholders like hospitals, colleges, banks and universities, just people who have a really big influence in this community, trying to gather information on how high-speed Internet has benefited their business or agency,” said Mufti.

Sign and share his petition to bring Google Fiber to Memphis at this link:

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HyQ Quadruped Robot Is Back With Even More Tricks

August 7th, 2014 No comments
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Dean Kamen’s “Luke Arm” Prosthesis Receives FDA Approval

August 7th, 2014 No comments
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The Aloof Blackjack Player Who Created Our Digital World

June 30th, 2014 No comments
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