“Reality mining … is all about paying attention to patterns in life and using that information to help [with] things like setting privacy patterns, sharing things with people, notifying people—basically, to help you live your life. Researchers have been mining data from the physical world for years Sensors in manufacturing plants tell operators when equipment is faulty, and cameras on highways monitor traffic flow. But now … reality mining is getting personal. Within the next few years … reality mining will become more common, thanks in part to the proliferation and increasing sophistication of cell phones. Many handheld devices now have the processing power of low-end desktop computers, and they can also collect more varied data, thanks to devices such as GPS chips that track location.”—Technology Review: TR10: Reality Mining
“Complex systems science is a new field of science studying how parts of a system give rise to its collective behaviors, as well as how the system interacts with its environment. Social systems formed by people, the brain formed by neurons, molecules formed by atoms, the weather formed by air flows— these are all examples of complex systems.”—New England Complex Systems Institute
“That game changing technology disruption will be the federation of disparate clouds, and the distribution of software, data and billing across commercial and private cloud boundaries. In other words, the introduction of secure, reliable workload mobility in an extension of the Internet itself—an “Intercloud”, so to speak.”—The Wisdom of Clouds - a blog about cloud computing by James Urquhart - CNET News
New Technology Promises Compact High-Intensity Therapeutic Ultrasound
A Cornell graduate student in biomedical engineering built a pocket-sized high-intensity therapeutic ultrasound. The researchers hope that the new technology, now undergoing animal trials, one day will make it into portable clinical devices that could “stabilize a gunshot wound or deliver drugs to brain cancer patients.
“We are witnessing a seismic shift in information technology — the kind that comes around every decade or so. It is so massive that it affects not only business models, but the underlying architecture of how we develop, deploy, run and deliver applications. This shift has given a new relevance to ideas such as cloud computing and utility computing. Not surprisingly, these two different ideas are often lumped together.”—How Cloud & Utility Computing Are Different