“Ubicomp [ubiquitous computing] isn’t just part of our cities of the future. Its devices and services are already here. Think of the use of prepaid smart cards for use of public transport or the tags displayed in our cars to help regulate congestion charge pricing or the way in which corporations track and move goods around the world. These systems will expand geometrically over the next decade building the blocks for our future cities. The question is: what will we choose to build? A City of Control or a City of Trust?”—Rob van Kranenburg, Institute of Networked Cultures
To better understand the effects of traffic congestion from the perspective of a commuter, IBM’s Institute for Electronic Government presents a report that summarizes survey results from over 4,000 drivers in ten major U.S cities.
“In the following Edge original essay, Taleb continues his examination of Black Swans, the highly improbable and unpredictable events that have massive impact. He claims that those who are putting society at risk are “no true statisticians”, merely people using statistics either without understanding them, or in a self-serving manner. “The current subprime crisis did wonders to help me drill my point about the limits of statistically driven claims,” he says.”—Edge: THE FOURTH QUADRANT: A MAP OF THE LIMITS OF STATISTICS By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
More customers are online than ever before. This IBM Institute for Business Value white paper spells out why banks should learn to use methods such as blogging and social networking to cost-effectively and efficiently reach an increasingly fragmented and dispersed customer base.
For years, Western governments have used supercomputers to model weapons of nuclear war.
Now a company in China uses the powerful machines to tend the fantasy realms of World of Warcraft.
Supercomputers, which are up to a million times faster than the typical desktop PC, are still staples in the data warehouses of national laboratories and universities in the United States, Japan and Western Europe. But over the last few years, the falling cost of supercomputer systems has allowed a broader range of corporations and institutions, including many in China and India, to buy them for everything from processing movie graphics to searching for oil.
IBM Announces Sweeping Initiative to Address Major Shift in the Flow of World's Data
IBM launches its largest ever portfolio of new storage hardware, software and services, the building blocks for the world’s strongest information infrastructure portfolio. This portfolio addresses challenges of scalability, security, consolidation and retention.
Instead of trying to change drivers’ behavior by charging them more to drive on the road they want, Caltrans District 4 deployed variable message signs on major routes around the San Francisco area that informed drivers of how current travel times on the road compared against the real time travel times of transit options.
Within the next couple of years, high-bandwidth (tens of megabits per second), far-reaching wireless Internet signals will soon blanket the nation, thanks to a decision by the FCC last week to allow use of megahertz frequency bands that were previously allocated to television broadcasters. (Source: Technology Review)
The goal of pervasive Business Intelligence (BI) is to serve up just-in-time insights when and where they are needed. It may be based on historical data coming from the data warehouse, it may be based on real-time data coming right in from a production system, or it could likely be a combination of both.
Pervasive BI promises to blend analytical data with real-time transactional data, analyze it on the fly, and deliver the information to front-line employees and managers. Information latency directly impacts business results.