IBM is working with leading health organizations to save lives by learning how to curb the spread of infectious diseases. They will do this by utilizing two projects initiated by IBM. The interoperable health care information infrastructure (IHII—pronounced eye-high) is a system capable of data mining—collecting and analyzing information for determining outbreaks and health trends based on data shared by partner medical facilities on things like symptoms, outbreaks and trends being learned about a given disease. The Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeller (STEM) then incorporates IHHI information and circumstantial data on the travel and contact of humans, along with myriad other factors, to determine the best way to contain outbreaks.
“If fusion energy works,” said [Ed Moses, project director of National Ignition Facility], “you’ll have, for all intents and purposes, a limitless supply of carbon-free energy that’s not geopolitically sensitive. What more would you want? It’s a game changer.”—At NIF, a Quest for Fusion Energy (or Maybe Folly) - NYTimes.com
The first-ever, tuition-free online university has opened its doors to a worldwide student population. The Pan African News Agency reports that the UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technology and Development, as part of its focus on education this year, initiated the institution, known as the “University of the People”.
“Look at the capabilities already being built into cities around the world. Transportation officials in Singapore, Brisbane and Stockholm are using smart systems to reduce both congestion and pollution. Public safety administrators in major cities like New York and Chicago are able not only to solve crimes and respond to emergencies, but to help prevent them. A large hospital organization in Paris is implementing an integrated patient-care management solution to facilitate seamless communication across its business applications — enabling them to track every stage of a patient’s stay in the hospital.”—Samuel J. Palmisano: Shining Cities on a Smarter Planet
“For a sense of how to manage the process, it’s instructive to take a look at IBM (IBM). In 2005, seeing hundreds of its employees taking to blogging in their downtime, IBM drafted a set of “social computing guidelines” that has since grown to cover employee activity on sites like Twitter and Facebook. These guardrails urge employees to be up-front about their identities, remember that they are personally responsible for what they publish, and to take a breath before hitting send.”—Web 2.0: Managing Corporate Reputations - BusinessWeek
Many factors influence a government’s performance. But few areas are more important than an organization’s decision-making ability. Getting answers and acting on them means integrating reporting and analysis, planning, and measuring and monitoring—spanning all the functional areas of an organization. This integrated approach is the IBM Cognos performance management system.
e-resources are one of many ways campuses have changed: universities provide faculty with plagiarism-detection software such as Turnitin, while students cruise the (new electronic) paper-mills, where for only $9.99 you can take your chances at being thrown out of the big U.
The era of the one-size-fits-all product comes to an end
From automobiles to meat cases to artificial hearts, today’s smarter products represent a new generation of capabilities that provide increasingly multidimensional and personalized functions. Smart products fuse together sensors, actuators, electronics and mechanical systems. In fact, 66% of manufacturers surveyed include embedded software components in their products. And that embedded software is what creates customized and unique experiences for end users.
Researchers of the University of Granada have developed a simulator, so-called EDLUT (‘Event driven look up table based simulator’), which can reproduce any part of the body’s nervous system, such as the retina, the cerebellum, the hearing centres or the nervous centres.
The ultimate example of the role of technology in schools is the huge investment by Government in interactive whiteboard technology. In 2002, only 37 percent of primary and 58 percent of secondary schools had interactive whiteboards. By 2008, this has increased to 92 percent and 98 percent respectively.
There are five trends that will reshape education over the next decade. How we respond to these factors will determine how well education prepares us for the future and how we advance as both an economy and society.
“Many technology advocates, including health policy specialists, say that networked electronic patient records that can be transmitted instantly would make health care more efficient and provide valuable insights about costs and care. Only a small minority of doctors use such technology to track the care they give people. Some health policy analysts have recommended the use of government subsidies and incentives to spur the adoption—as the stimulus spending is intended to do.”—The Machinery Behind Health-Care Reform - washingtonpost.com
OLEDs could soon give fluorescent lighting a run for its money
An organic light-emitting diode (OLED) developed in Germany has the potential to produce the same quality of white light as incandescent bulbs but with power efficiencies considerably better than even fluorescent lighting. Technology Review
White lighting: Organic light-emitting diodes like this could be the future of lighting, thanks to very high efficiencies, which outperform even fluorescent lights. Credit: F. Erler / N. Seidler
IBM is bringing its stream-computing technology to the commercial market this week with a new software package called System S that, according to the company, can simultaneously analyze hundreds of thousands of business data streams from multiple sources in real time, rather than being limited to a static database. The technology is being touted as a solution for organizations that need to analyze and react to ever-changing conditions on the fly. Network World (05/13)