“Virtual space technology will never replace good, old face-to-face meetings, added Craig Becker, an IBM Master Inventor who serves as tech lead for virtual space events — “but virtual spaces *are* a good deal more immersive, compelling, and engaging than a phone conference,” he said. “One thing we’ve found is that if you and I talk on the phone, we’ll wake up the next morning, and if we think about it, we’ll remember it as ‘talking on the phone.’ But if we meet inside of a virtual space like Second Life … we’ll remember it as an actual *meeting*,” Becker explained. “This sense of ‘meeting’ with other people is a subtle but very powerful advantage that virtual spaces offer.”—Linux News: Virtual Worlds: The Business Case for Virtual Business, Part 2
IBM is developing a new “on-chip water-cooling system” that allows thermal energy from a cluster of computer processors to be recycled in order to provide hot water for heating an office. IBM is currently piloting a large computer system fitted with the technology and is expecting to show how the technology can save up to 30 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year—the equivalent of an 85 percent carbon footprint reduction.
“…Some physicians and surgeons have been quietly rethinking and reinventing medicine for the 21st century. Often collaborating with innovative companies, these pioneers are experimenting with cutting-edge technologies, from software to robots, that have the power to revolutionize the medical landscape — producing better outcomes, lower costs, broader access, and greater convenience.”—The Doctor of the Future | Fast Company
“The state senate in Albany was in a bit of a shambles Monday. So instead of speaking in-person at the Personal Democracy Forum as planned, NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg used Skype to make his keynote address. “Through the miracles of modern communication, we’re essentially together,” Bloomberg commented to the audience at the Frederick P. Rose auditorium here in midtown Manhattan. He then spoke about how New York is using the assets of the digital age to make more information available to the city’s residents—something that Bloomberg can pitch well, considering he made a fortune as the founder of the business news and information company that bears his name. Bloomberg’s new initiatives include Skype and Twitter accounts for NYC 311, the city’s information hotline that Bloomberg launched several years ago”—NY mayor: Info to the people will improve gov’t | Politics and Law - CNET News
What we think: thought leadership from the IBM Institute for Business Value
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SmarterCities New York City: October 1/2 2009 Shanghai: 2010
IBM will host two unique gatherings, SmarterCities, in 2009, on June 23-24, in Berlin, and October 1-2, in New York City. SmarterCities will explore how progressive cities are modernizing to spur economic development, drive greater innovation, transform for competitive advantage and meet the pressing demands of a more engaged and intelligent citizenry. These are the first two in a series of SmarterCities gatherings hosted by IBM in collaboration with major partners across the globe.
“Security and privacy issues over cloud computing are not very different from those surrounding any sort of IT outsourcing and need to be treated that way, security managers and analysts say in the wake of breaches involving Twitter and Google Apps. The incident has resurfaced many familiar concerns relating to cloud computing and is raising questions over a multimillion-dollar plan by the city of Los Angeles to move its e-mail and office applications to the cloud.”—Twitter breach revives security issues with cloud computing (via ComputerWorld)
Innovation often occurs at the intersection of two points. In this case, the intersection of Sensors and Twitter.
Sensors: There are billions of sensors today. More and more of them are becoming embedded into our infrastructure, the products we use….and thus our daily lives.
Twitter: Twitter is here to stay. More and more people are finding innovative ways to use Twitter. It is just a matter of time before businesses find potential reasons to use it for productive purposes.
“The global rail industry in 2009 and beyond will struggle to meet the increasing demand for freight and passenger transportation, while aging systems and infrastructure complicate the problem. However, rail companies around the world are starting to apply new technologies that will help them build high-speed rail systems that more efficiently move people, are more cost effective, and make more intelligent use of all rail assets, from tracks to trains. IBM is already working with railroads to build these smarter systems around the world.”—Quote from Keith Dierkx, Director, IBM Global Rail Programs found at IBM Study Highlights Exploding Demand for Smarter, Faster Rail Systems
“This technology will allow us to shift to a risk-based inspection system that will prevent fires and improve public safety, Combining different existing databases, and linking them with those of other city agencies such as the Department of Buildings, will dramatically improve the information available to our firefighters and result in a smarter, more productive inspection program. - Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta”—Fire Department of New York Selects IBM for Intelligent Fire Safety System (press release)
Develop a comprehensive data analysis system that will improve the efficiencies and effectiveness of a Coordinated Building Inspection and Data Analysis System (CBIDAS). This risk-based inspection and computerized building safety program is one of the most important management initiatives in the modern history of the FDNY. It will enable the FDNY to concentrate its fire prevention resources on the buildings and neighborhoods facing the greatest risk of serious fires.
As announced earlier this year, the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) and IBM will build a “smart” system for collecting and sharing data in real-time that can prevent fires and help protect firefighters and other first responders when a fire does occur.
FDNY’s new Coordinated Building Inspection and Data Analysis System (CBIDAS) will use technology found in business intelligence approaches to anticipate potential fire risks, analyze possible impacts, and improve processes such as collecting and disseminating data on building inspection, permits and violations that can reduce risks.
An important element of the project will be better communication, improved sharing of information and coordination of fire inspection and site/building structure information. That sharing will take place both within the FDNY and between the FDNY and city agencies such as Department of Buildings, Department of City Planning, and Department of Environmental Protection, as well as contractors.
CNBC: How New Intelligence Will Tame The Information Explosion
"Next year, the world’s store of digital information will reach an estimated 988 exabytes – that’s equivalent to a stack of books reaching from the sun to Pluto and back."
Steve LaValle Global Leader of Strategy Services for IBM Business Analytics
Jim Bramante Managing Partner, North America IBM Global Business Services
When one in three business leaders are making major decisions with incomplete or untrusted information, it’s not a matter of too little information. When half of them don’t have sufficient information from their organizations to do their jobs, a glaring paradox emerges—information scarcity and abundance existing side by side