Hello Smarter Planet,
I know it's not a question, more of a "hey look at this awesome thing" type of contact. I thought a story about outdated, laser disk using 80's computing hardware being replicated online would be right up your street...
The BBC is resurrecting one of their most ambitious projects in recent history, with Domesday Reloaded
147,819 pages and 23,225 photos included pictures, maps, video, surveys, statistics, essays and personal testimonies were stored on two now-comically oversized laserdiscs, which could then be played on a BBC/Acorn Domesday Machine; the peak of innovative tech at the time. This machine cost £5156.75 in 1986, and now the entire contents of these two laserdisks is being stored on a single website.
To celebrate the launch of Domesday Reloaded, we’ve created a mash up video of old school BBC footage from the original Domesday launch accompanied by a new school Drum n' Bass sound track!
To view the video, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5XYSUsyNrs or to find out more then you can check out the website http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday
If you'd like any hi res pictures for the blog, just let me know and I'll send some right over.
Have an awesome day,
Tiffany: Thanks so much for this great suggestion. Here’s the video embedded, and folks are encouraged to check out the website as well:
“Properly used, big data could save the American health-care system $300 billion a year and the European public sector €250 billion. It could also enable retailers to increase their operating margins by 60%.”—Schumpeter: Building with big data | The Economist
Cisco chief futurist: The Internet of Things is here
Shift to mobility is powering a change in the architecture of the Internet, Dave Evans says
When futurists talk about technology to come, it’s easy to start imagining tales spun by the likes of Issac Asimov and William Gibson (or whoever your favourite science-fiction author happens to be), and that’s the case with Cisco Systems‘ chief futurist. However, some of what Cisco’s futurist talks about regarding the Internet is already here. An evolution in the fundamentals of the Internet is happening right now, and it’s only going to continue.
Dave Evans, chief futurist and chief technologist for the Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) at Cisco, calls the current evolution that’s going on with the decades-old Internet the “Internet of Things.” According to Evans, the World Wide Web has arguably gone through four distinct changes in its nearly 20-year history, but the Internet has remained fundamentally the same since the early days. Technologies have changed, standards have come and gone, but the Internet really hasn’t evolved at its base level since the days when it wasn’t used outside of academia and government.
“My premise here today is we’re seeing the first true evolution of the Internet. Why is that? Partly we’re seeing shift in architectural models. The new Internet, if you will, is becoming more mobile than fixed,” Evans said.
What is the Internet of Things? At the core of this evolution of the Internet is the idea that the Internet becomes more sensory — more proactive and less reactive. It also takes into account that the world has hit a point where there are more devices connecting to the Internet than people doing so. As Evans put it, his home has 38 devices that require an always-on Internet connection, and he seen exponential growth in the amount of bandwidth and network traffic in his home in the last 20 years (growth that is only going to continue on a steep climb).
IBM today announced the expansion of its Health Analytics Solution Center. Located in Dallas, the center is adding new technology and has doubled the number of healthcare solution architects and technology specialists working at the center. Teams there are working to help physicians connect smart phones, tablets and other devices to electronic medical records (EMRs) while also helping healthcare providers build new solutions for remote patient monitoring.
As part of this expansion, the Analytics Solutions Center is incorporating some of the same technology used in IBM’s Watson, the experimental computer system that defeated the two best human contestants in the game show Jeopardy! earlier this year. Using sophisticated analytics to understand the meaning and context of medical information, advanced health analytics is increasingly being used to help healthcare organizations gain new insight from the explosion of health data growing at a rate of 35 percent per year, according to a recent study by Enterprise Strategy Group.
Connecting Physicians, Smart Phones and Medical Records for new insight Today, more than 27 percent of specialists and primary care physicians use a tablet PC or similar device. As clinicians adopt smart devices at five times the rate of the general population, they will increasingly need to connect to EMRs for instant access to patient records in their office, during hospital rounds, or on call.
This growing use of mobile devices however creates new challenges. Updating medical records, entering notes and accessing information on small devices with tiny keys can be challenging. Physicians may choose to interact using their phone via text, voice or a combination of both.
Using clinical voice recognition from Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) and medical terminology management from Health Language, Inc., IBM is working to improve the mobile EMR experience through voice recognition and technology that provides understanding of medical text, similar to the way Watson analyzed hundreds of millions of pages of text from books, encyclopedias and periodicals to compete on Jeopardy!. This will allow caregivers to derive more insight from medical notes, exams and pathology reports that now can be evaluated and compared electronically.
By using analytics to determine hidden meaning buried in medical records, pathology reports, images and comparative data, computers can extract relevant patient data and present it to physicians, ultimately leading to improved patient care.
Sensing a greater need in big-data analysis tools, IBM will invest US$100 million to research advanced large-scale analytics, the company announced Friday.
IBM also said it will have 20 new service offerings to help customers quickly analyze petabytes of data.
"We think it’s a good time from a research perspective to double down on how we think about big data and how people can get actionable insights from it," said Rod Smith, IBM vice president of emerging technologies.
The money will be used to investigate ways of advancing software, systems and services to better analyze data. “Analytics are terrific, but if you can combine analytics with specific problems and expertise around certain problems, then you can define outcomes in unique ways,” Smith said.
The digital revolution is coming to freight rail. Major railroads are installing digital communications, global positioning receivers, sensors and computerized controls on their trains and tracks. New systems can gather intelligence on locations, size and speeds of trains and make automated decisions about when the trains should stop or go. Digital cameras and microphones on the tracks are working on monitoring train conditions to determine when equipment needs to enter a shop for maintenance.
“Sound power can be used for various novel applications including cellular phones that can be charged during conversations and sound-insulating walls near highways that generate electricity from the sound of passing vehicles”—Charge Your Phone With Your Voice - Mobiledia
“I like the analogy given by one cloud executive who likened these [cloud computing] problems to a plane crash: It’s awful, but it doesn’t stop people from flying. What it does do is cause the airlines to step up and to do a better job going forward.”—Central Penn Business Journal
Within the next few weeks, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) will be employing an AeroScout real-time location system (RTLS) to track the location of handheld computers and thereby ensure that traders do not pass from one trading floor to another with those devices and thereby potentially conduct an unauthorized transaction. The solution—says Lou Pastina, executive VP of operations for NYSE Euronext, the Euro-American holding company that operates the NYSE—will eliminate the need for NYSE security guards to watch for tablets being carried by traders as they pass from one trading floor to another.
This year’s Global CIO Study asks the question: How are technology leaders helping their organizations adapt to the accelerating change and complexity that mark today’s competitive and economic landscape? To find out, we spoke in person with 3,018 diverse CIOs worldwide, spanning 71 countries and 19 industries in five sectors.
The study concludes that business intelligence and analytics remain the leading priorities for CIOs, with mobile computing and cloud computing gaining substantially in importance. More than being used as a tool to maintain the business, the survey found that CIOs are calling on technologies like analytics and cloud to identify and pursue new business opportunities.