Category: Smart City


The Chinese Artificial Intelligence Revolution

By Hugo Angel,

The Bund by Shizhao This file is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution 1.0 Generic license
The artificial intelligence (AI) world summit took place in Singapore on 3 and 4 October 2017 (The AI summit Singapore). If we follow this global trend of heavy emphasis on AI, we can note the convergence between artificial intelligence and the emergence of “smart cities” in Asia, especially in China (Imran Khan, “Asia is leading the “Smart city” charge, but we’re not there yet, TechinAsia, January 19 2016). The development of artificial intelligence indeed combines with the current urbanization of the Chinese population.

This “intelligentization” of smart cities in China is induced by the necessity to master urban growth, while adapting urban areas to the emerging energy, water, food, health challenges, through the treatment of big data by artificial intelligence (Jean-Michel Valantin, “China: Towards the digital ecological revolution?”, The Red (Team) Analysis Society, October 22, 2017). Reciprocally, the smart urban development is a powerful driver, among others, of the development of artificial intelligence (Linda Poon, “What artificial intelligence reveals about urban change?” City Lab, July 13, 2017).

In this article, we shall thus focus upon the combination of artificial intelligence and cities that indeed creates the so-called “smart cities” in China. After having presented how this combination looks like through Chinese examples, we shall explain how this trend is implemented. Finally, we shall see how the development of artificial intelligence within the latest generations of smart cities is disrupting geopolitics through the combination of industry and intelligentization.

Artificial intelligence and smart cities
In China, the urban revolution induced by the acceleration of rural exodus is entwined with the digital and artificial intelligence revolution. This can be seen through the national program of urban development that is transforming “small” (3 million people) and middle size cities (5 million people) into smart cities. The new 95 Chinese smart cities are meant to shelter the coming 250 millions people expected to relocate into towns between the end of 2017 and 2026 (Chris Weller, “Here’s China’s genius plan to move 250 millions people from farms to cities”, Business Insider, 5 August 2015). However, these 95 cities are part of the 500 smart cities that are expected to be developed before the end of 2017 (“Chinese “smart cities” to number 500 before end of 2017“, China Daily, 21-04-2017).

In order to manage the mammoth challenges of these huge cities, artificial intelligence is on the rise. Deep learning is notably the type of AI that is used to make these cities smart. Deep learning is both able to treat the massive flow of data generated by cities and made possible by the exponentially growing flows of these big data – as these very data allow the AI to learn by themselves, through the creation, among other things, of the codes needed to apprehend new kinds of data and issues (Michael Copeland, “What’s the difference between AI, machine learning and deep learning?”, NVIDIA Blog, July 29, 2016).

For example, since 2016, the Hangzhou municipal government has integrated artificial intelligence, notably with “city brain”, which helps improving traffic efficiency through the use of the big data streams generated by a myriad of captors and cameras. The “city brain” project is led the giant technology company Alibaba. This “intelligentization” of traffic management helps reduce traffic jam, improves street surveillance, as well as air pollution for the 9 millions residents of Hangzhou. However, it is only the first step before turning the city into an intelligent and sustainable smart city (Du Yifei, “Hangzhou growing “smarter” thanks to AI technology”, People’s Daily, October 20, 2017).

“Intelligentizing cities”

Through the developing internet of things (IoT), the convergence of “intelligent” infrastructures, of big data management, and of urban artificial intelligence is going to be increasingly important to improve traffic, and thus energy efficiency, air pollution and economic development (Sarah Hsu, “China is investing heavily into Artificial intelligence, and could soon catch up with US”, Forbes, July 3, 2017). The Hangzhou experiment is duplicated in Suzhou, Quzhou and Macao.

Meanwhile, Baidu Inc, the Chinese largest search engine, develops a partnership with the Shanxi province in order to implement “city brain”, which is dedicated to create smart cities in the northern province, while improving coal mining management and chemical treatment (“Baidu partners with Shanxi province to integrate AI with city management”, China Money Network, July 13). As a result, the AI is going to be used to alleviate the use of this energy, which is also responsible of the Chinese “airpocalypse” (Jean-Michel Valantin, “The Arctic, Russia and China’s energy transition”, The Red (Team) Analysis Society, February 2, 2017).

In the meantime, Tencent, another mammoth Chinese technology company, is multiplying partnerships with 14 Chinese provinces and 50 cities to develop and integrate urban artificial intelligences. In the same time, the Hong Kong government is getting ready to implement an artificial intelligence program to tackle the 21st urban challenges, chief among them urban development management and climate change impacts.

When looking closely at this development of artificial intelligence in order to support the management of Chinese cities and at the multiplication of smart cities, we notice both also coincide with the political will aimed at reducing the growth of already clogged Chinese megacities of more than ten million people – such as

  • Beijing (21,5 millions people), 
  • Shanghai (25 millions), and 
  • the urban areas around them – and of the network of very great cities where more than 5 to 10 million people live. 

Indeed, the problem is that these very large cities and megalopolis have reached highly dangerous levels of water and air pollution, hence the “airpocalypse”, created by the noxious mix of car fume and coal plants exhaust.

From the intelligentization of Chinese cities to the “smart cars revolution”
This Chinese AI-centred urban development strategy also drives a gigantic urban, technological and industrial revolution, that turns China into a possible world leader

  • in clean energy, 
  • in electric and smart cars and 
  • in urban development. 

The development of the new generations of smart car is thus going to be coupled with latest advances in artificial intelligence. As a result, China can position itself in the “middle” of the major trends of globalization. Indeed, smart electric cars are the “new frontier” of the car industry that supports the economy of great economic powers as such as the U.S., Japan, and Germany (Michael Klare, Blood and oil, 2005), while artificial intelligence is the new frontier of industry and the building of the future. The emergence of China as an “electric and smart cars” provider could have massive implications for the industrial and economic development of these countries.

Add caption

In 2015, in the case of Shanghai, the number of cars grew by more than 13%, reaching the staggering total of 2.5 million cars in a 25 millions people strong megacity. In order to mitigate the impact of the car flow on the atmosphere, the municipal authorities use new “smart street” technologies. For example, the Ningbo-Hangzhou-Shanghai highway, daily used by more than 40 000 cars, is being equipped with a cyber network allowing drivers to pay tolls in advance with their smartphones. This application allows a significant decrease in pollution, because the lines of thousands of cars stopping in front of paybooths are reduced (“Chinese “smart cities” to number 500 before end of 2017”, China Daily, 21 April 2017).

In the meantime, the tech giant Tencent, the creator of WeChat, the enormous Chinese social network, which attracts more than 889 million users per month (“2017 WeChat Users Behavior Report”, China Channel, April 25, 2017), is developing a partnership with the Guangzhou automobile Group to develop smart cars. Baidu is doing the same with the Chinese BYD, Chery and BAIC, while launching Apollo, the open source platform on AI-powered smart cars. Alibaba, the giant of e-commerce, with more than 454 millions users during the first quarter of 2017 (“Number of active buyers across Alibaba’s online shopping properties from 2nd quarter 2012 to 1st quarter 2017 (in millions)”, Statista, The Statistical Portal, 2017) is developing a partnership with the Chinese brand SAIC motors and has already launched the Yunos System, which connects cars to the cloud and internet services. (Charles Clover and Sherry Fei Ju, “Tencent and Guangzhou team up to produce smart cars“, Financial Times, 19 september 2017).

It must be kept in mind that these three Chinese giant tech companies are thus connecting the development of their own services with artificial intelligence development, notably with smart cars development, in the context of the urban, digital and ecological transformation of China. In other terms, “city brains” and “smart cars” are going to become an immense “digital ecosystem” that artificial intelligences are going to manage, thus giving China an imposing technological edge.

This means that artificial intelligence is becoming the common support of the social and urban transformation of China, as well as the ways and means of the transformation of the Chinese urban network into smart cities. It is also a scientific, technological and industrial revolution.

This revolution is going to be based on the new international distribution of power between artificial intelligence-centred countries, and the others.

Indeed, in China, artificial intelligence is creating new social, economic and political conditions. This means that China is using artificial intelligence in order to manage its own social evolution, while becoming a mammoth artificial intelligence great power.

It now remains to be seen how the latest generations of smart cities powered by developing artificial intelligence accompanies the way some countries are getting ready for the economic, industrial and ecological, as well as security and military challenges of the 21 century, and how this urban and artificial intelligence is preparing an immense geopolitical revolution. This revolution is going to be based on the new international distribution of power between artificial intelligence-centred countries, and the others.

About the author: Jean-Michel Valantin (PhD Paris) leads the Environment and Geopolitics Department of The Red (Team) Analysis Society. He is specialised in strategic studies and defence sociology with a focus on environmental geostrategy.

ORIGINAL: RedAnalysis

Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever

By admin,

By Gray Scott
Sep 29, 2015

When someone asks me what I do, and I tell them that I’m a futurist,
the first thing they ask “what is a futurist?” The short answer that I
give is “I use current scientific research in emerging technologies to
imagine how we will live in the future.”  
However, as you can imagine the art of futurology and foresight is much more complex. I spend my days thinking, speaking and writing about the future, and emerging technologies. On any given day I might be in Warsaw speaking at an Innovation Conference, in London speaking at a Global Leadership Summit, or being interviewed by the Discovery Channel. Whatever the situation, I have one singular mission. I want you to think about the future. 


How will we live in the future? How will emerging technologies change our lives, our economy and our businesses? We should begin to think about the future now. It will be here faster than you think.


Let’s explore seven current emerging technologies that I am thinking about that are set to change the world forever.

1. Age Reversal
We will see the emergence of true biological age reversal by 2025.


It may be extraordinarily expensive, complex and risky, but for people who want to turn back the clock, it may be worth it. It may sound like science fiction but the science is real, and it has already begun. In fact, according to new research published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, Professor Jun-Ichi Hayashi from the University of Tsukuba in Japan has already reversed ageing in human cell lines by “turning on or off”mitochondrial function.


Another study published in CELL reports that Australian and US researchers have successfully reversed the aging process in the muscles of mice. They found that raising nuclear NAD+ in old mice reverses pseudohypoxia and metabolic dysfunction. Researchers gave the mice a compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide or NAD for a week and found that the age indicators in two-year-old mice were restored to that of six-month-old mice. That would be like turning a 60-year-old human into a 20-year-old!


How will our culture deal with age reversal? Will we set limits on who can age-reverse? Do we ban criminals from this technology? These are the questions we will face in a very complex future. One thing is certain, age reversal will happen and when it does it will change our species and our world forever.


2. Artificial General Intelligence
The robots are coming and they are going to eat your job for lunch. Worldwide shipments of multipurpose industrial robots are forecast to exceed 207,000 units in 2015, and this is just the beginning. Robots like Care-o-bot 4 and Softbank’s Pepper may be in homes, offices and hotels within the next year. These robots will be our personal servants, assistants and caretakers.


Amazon has introduced a new AI assistant called ECHO that could replace the need for a human assistant altogether. We already have robots and automation that can make pizza, serve beer, write news articles, scan our faces for diseases, and drive cars. We will see AI in our factories, hospitals, restaurants and hotels around the world by 2020.

This “pinkhouse” at Caliber Biotherapeutics in Bryan, Texas, grows 2.2 million plants under the glow of blue and red LEDs.
Courtesy of Caliber Therapeutics


3. Vertical Pink Farms
We are entering the techno-agricultural era. Agricultural science is changing the way we harvest our food. Robots and automation are going to play a decisive role in the way we hunt and gather. The most important and disruptive idea is what I call “Vertical PinkFarms” and it is set to decentralise the food industry forever.


The United Nations (UN) predicts by 2050 80% of the Earth’s population will live in cities. Climate change will also make traditional food production more difficult and less productive in the future. We will need more efficient systems to feed these hungry urban areas. Thankfully, several companies around the world are already producing food grown in these Vertical PinkFarms and the results are remarkable.

Vertical PinkFarms will use blue and red LED lighting to grow organic, pesticide free, climate controlled food inside indoor environments. Vertical PinkFarms use less water, less energy and enable people to grow food underground or indoors year round in any climate.


Traditional food grown on outdoor farms are exposed to the full visible light spectrum. This range includes Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet. However, agricultural science is now showing us that O, Y, G and V are not necessary for plant growth. You only need R and B. LED lights are much more efficient and cooler than indoor florescent grow lights used in most indoor greenhouses. LED lights are also becoming less expensive as more companies begin to invest in this technology. Just like the solar and electric car revolution, the change will be exponential. By 2025, we may see massive Vertical PinkFarms in most major cities around the world. We may even see small Vertical PinkFarm units in our homes in the future.


4. Transhumanism
By 2035, even if a majority of humans do not self-identify as Transhuman, technically they will be. If we define any bio-upgrade or human enhancement as Transhumanism, then the numbers are already quite high and growing exponentially. According to a UN Telecom Agency report, around 6 billion people have cell phones. This demonstrates the ubiquitous nature of technology that we keep on or around our body.


As human bio-enhancements become more affordable, billions of humans will become Transhuman. Digital implants, mind-controlled exoskeletal upgrades, age reversal pills, hyper-intelligence brain implants and bionic muscle upgrades. All of these technologies will continue our evolution as humans.


Reconstructive joint replacements, spinal implants, cardiovascular implants, dental implants, intraocular lens and breast implants are all part of our human techno-evolution into this new Transhuman species.


5. Wearables and Implantables  
Smartphones will fade into digital history as the high-resolution smart contact lens and corresponding in-ear audio plugs communicate with our wearable computers or “smart suits.” The digital world will be displayed directly on our eye in stunning interactive augmented beauty. The Gent University’s Centre of Microsystems Technology in Belgium has recently developed a spherical curved LCD display that can be embedded in contact lenses. This enables the entire lens to display information.


The bridge to the smart contact starts with smart glasses, VR headsets and yes, the Apple watch. Wearable technologies are growing exponentially. New smart augmented glasses like 
  • Google Glass, 
  • RECON JET, 
  • METAPro, and 
  • Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses 
are just the beginning. In fact, CastAR augmented 3D glasses recently received over a million dollars in funding on Kickstarter. Their goal was only four hundred thousand. The market is ready for smart vision, and tech companies should move away from handheld devices if they want to compete.

The question of what is real and augmented will be irrelevant in the future. We will be able to create our reality with clusters of information cults that can only see certain augmented information realities if you are in these groups. All information will be instantaneously available in the augmented visual future.

Mist Water Canarias
Gray Scott, an IEET Advisory Board member, is a futurist,
techno-philosopher, speaker, writer and artist. He is the founder and
CEO of SeriousWonder.com and a professional member of The World Future Society.


6. Atmospheric Water Harvesting
California and parts of the south-west in the US are currently experiencing an unprecedented drought. If this drought continues, the global agricultural system could become unstable.


Consider this: California and Arizona account for about 98% of commercial lettuce production in the United States. Thankfully we live in a world filled with exponential innovation right now.


An emerging technology called Atmospheric Water Harvesting could save California and other arid parts of the world from severe drought and possibly change the techno-agricultural landscape forever.


Traditional agricultural farming methods consume 80% of the water in California. According to the California Agricultural Resource Directory of 2009, California grows 
  • 99% of the U.S. almonds, artichokes, and walnuts; 
  • 97% of the kiwis, apricots and plums; 
  • 96% of the figs, olives and nectarines; 
  • 95% of celery and garlic; 
  • 88% of strawberries and lemons; 
  • 74% of peaches; 
  • 69% of carrots; 
  • 62% of tangerines and 
  • the list goes on.
Several companies around the world are already using atmospheric water harvesting technologies to solve this problem. Each company has a different technological approach but all of them combined could help alleviate areas suffering from water shortages.


The most basic, and possibly the most accessible, form of atmospheric water harvesting technology works by collecting water and moisture from the atmosphere using micro netting. These micro nets collect water that drains down into a collection chamber. This fresh water can then be stored or channelled into homes and farms as needed.


A company called FogQuest is already successfully using micro netting or “fog collectors” to harvest atmospheric water in places like Ethiopia, Guatemala, Nepal, Chile and Morocco.
Will people use this technology or will we continue to drill for water that may not be there?


7. 3D Printing
Today we already have 3D printers that can print clothing, circuit boards, furniture, homes and chocolate. A company called BigRep has created a 3D printer called the BigRep ONE.2 that enables designers to create entire tables, chairs or coffee tables in one print. Did you get that?


You can now buy a 3D printer and print furniture!
Fashion designers like 
  • Iris van Herpen, 
  • Bryan Oknyansky, 
  • Francis Bitonti, 
  • Madeline Gannon, and 
  • Daniel Widrig 
have all broken serious ground in the 3D printed fashion movement. These avant-garde designs may not be functional for the average consumer so what is one to do for a regular tee shirt? Thankfully a new Field Guided Fabrication 3D printer called ELECTROLOOM has arrived that can print and it may put a few major retail chains out of business. The ELECTROLOOM enables anyone to create seamless fabric items on demand.

So what is next? 3D printed cars. Yes, cars. Divergent Microfactories (DM) has recently created a first 3D printed high-performance car called the Blade. This car is no joke. The Blade has a chassis weight of just 61 pounds, goes 0-60 MPH in 2.2 seconds and is powered by a 4-cylinder 700-horsepower bi-fuel internal combustion engine.


These are just seven emerging technologies on my radar. I have a list of hundreds of innovations that will change the world forever. Some sound like pure sci-fi but I assure you they are real. Are we ready for a world filled with abundance, age reversal and self-replicating AI robots? I hope so.


——

Apple co-founder on artificial intelligence: ‘The future is scary and very bad for people’

By admin,

Steve Wozniak speaks at the Worldwebforum in Zurich on March 10. (Steffen Schmidt/European Pressphoto Agency)

The Super Rich Technologists Making Dire Predictions About Artificial Intelligence club gained another fear-mongering member this week: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Wozniak joined original club members Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk by making his own casually apocalyptic warning about machines superseding the human race.

Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people,” Wozniak said. “If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently.

[Bill Gates on dangers of artificial intelligence: ‘I don’t understand why some people are not concerned’]

Doling out paralyzing chunks of fear like gumdrops to sweet-toothed children on Halloween, Woz continued: “Will we be the gods? Will we be the family pets? Or will we be ants that get stepped on? I don’t know about that … But when I got that thinking in my head about if I’m going to be treated in the future as a pet to these smart machines … well I’m going to treat my own pet dog really nice.

Seriously? Should we even get up tomorrow morning, or just order pizza, log onto Netflix and wait until we find ourselves looking through the bars of a dog crate? Help me out here, man!

Wozniak’s warning seemed to follow the exact same story arc as Season 1 Episode 2 of Adult Swim‘s “Rick and Morty Show.” Not accusing him of apocalyptic plagiarism or anything; just noting.

For what it’s worth, Wozniak did outline a scenario by which super-machines will be stopped in their human-enslaving tracks. Citing Moore’s Law — “the pattern whereby computer processing speeds double every two years” — Wozniak pointed out that at some point, the size of silicon transistors, which allow processing speeds to increase as they reduce size, will eventually reach the size of an atom, according to the Financial Review.

Any smaller than that, and scientists will need to figure out how to manipulate subatomic particles — a field commonly referred to as quantum computing — which has not yet been cracked,Quartz notes.

Wozniak’s predictions represent a bit of a turnaround, the Financial Review pointed out. While he previously rejected the predictions of futurists such as the pill-popping Ray Kurzweil, who argued that super machines will outpace human intelligence within several decades, Wozniak told the Financial Review that he came around after he realized the prognostication was coming true.

Computers are going to take over from humans, no question,” Wozniak said, nearly prompting me to tender my resignation and start watching this cute puppies compilation video until forever.

“I hope it does come, and we should pursue it because it is about scientific exploring,” he added. “But in the end we just may have created the species that is above us.

In January, during a Reddit AMA, Gates wrote: “I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence.” His comment came a month after Hawking said artificial intelligence “could spell the end of the human race.

British inventor Clive Sinclair has also said he thinks artificial intelligence will doom humankind.Once you start to make machines that are rivaling and surpassing humans with intelligence, it’s going to be very difficult for us to survive,he told the BBC. “It’s just an inevitability.

Musk was among the earliest members of this club. Speaking at the MIT aeronautics and astronautics department’s Centennial Symposium in October, the Tesla founder said: “With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like, yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon. Didn’t work out.


MORE READING:

ORIGINAL: Washington Post

March 24, 2015

10 IBM Watson-Powered Apps That Are Changing Our World

By admin,

ORIGINAL: CIO
Nov 6, 2014
By IBM 

 

IBM is investing $1 billion in its IBM Watson Group with the aim of creating an ecosystem of startups and businesses building cognitive computing applications with Watson. Here are 10 examples that are making an impact.
IBM considers Watson to represent a new era of computing — a step forward to cognitive computing, where apps and systems interact with humans via natural language and help us augment our own understanding of the world with big data insights.
Big Blue isn’t playing small ball with that claim. It has opened a new IBM Watson Global Headquarters in the heart of New York City’s Silicon Alley and is investing $1 billion into the Watson Group, focusing on development and research as well as bringing cloud-delivered cognitive applications and services to the market. That includes $100 million available for venture investments to support IBM’s ecosystem of start-ups and businesses building cognitive apps with Watson.
Here are 10 examples of Watson-powered cognitive apps that are already starting to shake things up.
USAA and Watson Help Military Members Transition to Civilian Life
USAA, a financial services firm dedicated to those who serve or have served in the military, has turned to IBM’s Watson Engagement Advisor in a pilot program to help military men and women transition to civilian life.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 155,000 active military members transition to civilian life each year. This process can raise many questions, like “Can I be in the reserve and collect veteran’s compensation benefits?” or “How do I make the most of the Post-9/11 GI Bill?” Watson has analyzed and understands more than 3,000 documents on topics exclusive to military transitions, allowing members to ask it questions and receive answers specific to their needs.

LifeLearn Sofie is an intelligent treatment support tool for veterinarians of all backgrounds and levels of experience. Sofie is powered by IBM WatsonTM, the world’s leading cognitive computing system. She can understand and process natural language, enabling interactions that are more aligned with how humans think and interact.

Implement Watson
Dive deeper into subjects. Find insights where no one ever thought to look before. From Healthcare to Retail, there’s an IBM Watson Solution that’s right for your enterprise.

Healthcare

Helping doctors identify treatment options
The challenge
According to one expert, only 20 percent of the knowledge physicians use to diagnose and treat patients today is evidence based. Which means that one in five diagnoses is incorrect or incomplete.

… Continue reading

TED 2014: Larry Page on Google’s robotic future

By admin,

ORIGINAL: BBC
By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter, Vancouver
20 March 2014
Larry Page was interviewed at Ted by US television host Charlie Rose

Larry Page wants patients to hand over their data to researchers in order to save “100,000 lives“.

It’s just one of the ideas expressed in a wide-ranging interview at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver.

Google‘s co-founder criticised the US government for its mass surveillance programs.

But he added that consumers need to accept that a new era of open data is inevitable. Smarter computers

Interviewed on the Ted stage by US television host Charlie Rose, Mr Page was asked why Google bought the UK machine learning firm DeepMind.

I was looking at search and trying to understand how to make computers less clunky and also thinking about how speech recognition is not very good,” said Mr Page.

We are still at the very early stages with search. Computers don’t know where you are and what you are doing,” he added.

He was drawn to DeepMind because it had helped make computers smarter – teaching them how to play computer games.

It was really exciting, we have not been able to do this before. Imagine if that intelligence is thrown at your schedule,” said Mr Page.

He said that Google was working on its own machine learning project, using YouTube to “teach” computers.

It has learnt what cats are,” he said. Tremendous disservice

Mr Page was also asked about the Edward Snowden revelations, following a surprise appearance from the whistle-blower at Ted.

It is disappointing that the government secretly did this stuff and didn’t tell us about it,” said Mr Page.

It is not possible to have a democracy if we have to protect our users from the government. The government has done itself a tremendous disservice and we need to have a debate about it,” he added.

Google has had its fair share of criticism for the way it collects users data. It is currently embroiled in row with European regulators over its privacy policy.

Mr Page was in defiant mood and warned that people were at risk of “throwing out the baby with the bathwater” over plans to tighten privacy.

We are not thinking about the tremendous good that can come with sharing information with the right people in the right ways,” he said.

He said that anonymised medical records should be made available to researchers.

It could save 100,000 lives this year,” he said.

Health data has personal resonance with Mr Page who developed a hoarse voice after a cold 15 years ago from which he has never recovered. Sharing details about his condition helped him, he said.

I was scared to share but Sergey [Brin] encouraged me and we got thousands of people with similar conditions,” he said. Gaining space

Mr Page also talked about some of his “crazy ideas“, including Google Loon, a project to use balloons to provide internet access to parts of the world without any.

He revealed that he got the idea off the ground with a Google search.

“I found that 30 years ago someone had put up a balloon and it had gone round the world multiple times,” he said.

He realised that a similar thing was possible to connect the two-thirds of the world that have no net access.

We can build a world-wide mesh of balloons to cover the whole planet.

Google plans to launch its automated cars on the roads by 2017. The project has been a personal obsession for 18 years, he told the Ted audience.

It started when I was at college in Michigan. I was waiting for the bus and it was cold and snowing,” he said.

He believes that automated cars can help save livescurrently 20 million people are injured each ear in car accidents and in the US crashes are the biggest cause of death for the under 35s.

He finished the interview with a call to firms to embrace new technologies.

Most businesses fail because they miss the future,” he said.

It is a mistake he has made himself, he added.

He said that he “felt guilty for wasting time” working on the Android operating system, which at the time was a side project for Google.

That was stupid, it was the future,” he said.

What is a Smarter Planet? Instrumented. Intelligent. Interconnected.

By admin,

ORIGINAL: IBM

On a smarter planet, we want to change the paradigm from react to anticipate

For five years, IBMers have been working with companies, cities and communities around the world to build a Smarter Planet.

We’ve seen enormous advances, as leaders are using an explosion of data to transform their enterprises and institutions through analytics, mobile technology, social business and the cloud.

We’ve also seen how this new era is starting to create winners. They’re changing how their decisions are made. They’re redesigning how their teams work, reassessing how to serve their customers, and changing the very nature of business.

It’s the ability to harness data that gives these leaders their competitive advantage in the era of “smart.”

Today, conventions once universally held are giving way to new perspectives, new ways of working, and new solutions acrossindustries. Roles are changing. And more than ever, leaders need a partner to help them adapt.

 

What can you do on a smarter planet?

To outperform on a smarter planet, enterprises face some fundamental needs:

Turn information into insights

Organizations are overwhelmed with data. On a smarter planet, the most successful organizations can turn this data into valuable insights about customers, operations, even pricing. With advanced analytics, you can open new opportunities for business optimization by enabling rapid, informed and confident decisions and actions.

Read more about Smarter Analytics.

Connect and empower people

Innovation comes from collaboration. And collaboration comes from everywhere. Firms that embrace the power of social technologies will unleash the productivity and innovation throughout the entire value chain—from employees to partners to suppliers to customers.

Read more about Social Business.

 

The cloud removes restraints

Smarter comes at a cost: hardware, programs, people to run them. Cloud computing offers multiple ways to reduce that cost through efficient use of resources. Utilizing the cloud means not having to power idle equipment and being able to rethink and redistribute software quickly and easily. It also means a nimbler, more efficient organization.

Read more about Cloud Computing.

 

Customers come of age

There’s a new breed of customers today. Empowered by technology, transparency and abundant information, they want to engage with companies on their own terms―when they want and how they want. To engage and keep these customers, organizations need a whole new integrated approach. There’s no room for business and usual.

Read more about Smarter Commerce.

 

Business moves to mobility

Even as storefronts had to adapt to the Internet, commerce is adapting to mobility. Armed with smartphones and tablets, consumers want to use those devices to browse, shop and pay. Today’s leaders recognize that desire and are building mobile enterprises in response.

Read more about Mobile Enterprise.

Manage risk, security and compliance

Even on a smarter planet there are risks: security, credit, market, operational, environmental and compliance risks…to name a few. With the right process and system improvements, leaders can identify, assess and monitor these risks to mitigate and prevent them.

Read more about Smarter Security.

 

Integrated solutions pave the way

While many enterprises share similarities, those are mostly superficial. To achieve the most from an information technology system today, your organization needs a solution that is tailored to your objectives and needs. Integrating the hardware and software into a single system provides the most power, the least pain and the best outcomes.

Read more about PureSystems and PureData.

Drive enterprises' effectiveness and efficiency

In a slow growth environment, organizations must do more with less. To succeed, your organization must drive continuous and sustainable operational improvements to lower costs and reduce complexity.

Read more about Smarter Computing.

 

 

  Category: Computing, IBM, Sensors, Smart City
  Comments: Comments Off on What is a Smarter Planet? Instrumented. Intelligent. Interconnected.