infoneer-pulse:

Study: Social networking takes off globally

Social networking is more popular in Latin America, the Middle East, and China than in the U.S., Japan, and other Internet-saturated markets.
That is just one of the findings of the “Digital Life” study released today by British research firm TNS. Polling nearly 50,000 people across 46 countries, the survey was designed to gauge changes in online behavior globally.

» via CNET news

infoneer-pulse:

Study: Social networking takes off globally

Social networking is more popular in Latin America, the Middle East, and China than in the U.S., Japan, and other Internet-saturated markets.

That is just one of the findings of the “Digital Life” study released today by British research firm TNS. Polling nearly 50,000 people across 46 countries, the survey was designed to gauge changes in online behavior globally.

» via CNET news

DownloadSquad Video Tour: IBM World Factbook Dashboard (via downloadsquad)

This is a ten-minute video tour of IBM’s awesome World Factbook demo, which can be found here: http://visunetdemos.demos.ibm.com/blo…

And you can read the post about it here:
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/07/…

Hans Rosling on global population growth (via TEDtalksDirector)

The world’s population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years — and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you’ll see).

emergentfutures:

7 Tipping Points That Could Transform Earth
When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issue its last report in 2007, environmental tipping points were a footnote. A troubling footnote, to be sure, but the science was relatively new and unsettled. Straightforward global warming was enough to worry about.
But when the IPCC meets in 2014, tipping points — or tipping elements, in academic vernacular — will get much more attention. Scientists still disagree about which planetary systems are extra-sensitive to climate shifts, but the possibility can’t be ignored.

emergentfutures:

7 Tipping Points That Could Transform Earth

When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issue its last report in 2007, environmental tipping points were a footnote. A troubling footnote, to be sure, but the science was relatively new and unsettled. Straightforward global warming was enough to worry about.

But when the IPCC meets in 2014, tipping points — or tipping elements, in academic vernacular — will get much more attention. Scientists still disagree about which planetary systems are extra-sensitive to climate shifts, but the possibility can’t be ignored.



Smarter Planet Language Network (SPLN)

To help Smarter Planet reach a truly global Tumblr community, we’ve begun to build satellite sites in other languages.

The pioneers in this collaboration are:

French: Une Planete Plus Intelligente Producer: Philippe Borremans IBM Social Media Communications

Romanian: Planeta Desteapta Producer: Silvia Mihailescu, IBM Global Business Services

Spanish: Planeta Inteligente Producer: Mario Berges Ph.D. Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University

German: Ein smarter Planet Producers: Dirk Spannaus, IBM Global Business Services, Web applications and Sensor Networks, Christian Koester and Thomas Hemstaed

Dutch: Een Slimmere Planeet Producer: Philippe Borremans IBM Social Media Communications

Hungarian: Egy-intelligensebb-bolygo Producer: Sandor Barany, IT Delivery Account Solution Manager IBM Austria

If you have a passion and interest in the future of intelligent infrastructure, the “internet of things,” global transformation and strong bilingual or translation skills, contact Jack Mason: jkmason@us.ibm.com about creating a Tumblr site for Smarter Planet in your language.

Congratulations to my terrific colleague Silvia Mihailescu, for launching the first language extension (in Romanian!) of this Smarter Planet Tumblr effort.
Planeta Desteapta
We’re looking for other smart planeteers to follow her lead to help spread the Smarter Planet word in other languages. Please contact Jack Mason (jkmason at us.ibm.com) if interested.

Congratulations to my terrific colleague Silvia Mihailescu, for launching the first language extension (in Romanian!) of this Smarter Planet Tumblr effort.

Planeta Desteapta

We’re looking for other smart planeteers to follow her lead to help spread the Smarter Planet word in other languages. Please contact Jack Mason (jkmason at us.ibm.com) if interested.

Robin Qiu asked me to write a first editorial for the newly launched on-line Service Science journal.  As I was thinking about what to write about, a speech by IBM CEO Sam Palmisano came to mind.  His speech calls for the creation of a Smarter Planet in response to the current global challenge.  As soon as I wrote my editorial, which is entitled “Welcome to Our Declaration of Interdependence,” a play on the ubiquitous ‘welcome to our website,’  I received a note from IBMer Craig Nygard pointing me to an on-line video of Palmisano’s Smarter Planet speech. I also found an excellent blog by IBMer Keith Instone that also points to an easily accessed version of the speech on the Council of Foreign Relations website.