According to Cisco, over 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by the year 2020 which could create a very large business opportunity for companies poised to take advantage of it. Opportunities will created in manufacturing, transportation, health care, energy and government. This new market, the Internet of Things, is banking on society’s need to have all their devices connected and online at all times. It would encode 50 to 100 trillion objects and have the ability to track them (the average person in an urban environment is surrounded by 1000 to 5000 track-able objects). If everything was equipped with identifying devices, our entire landscape would be transformed and improved. Businesses would never run out of supplies because the stock would self-monitor and be continuously replenished when necessary. Customers would always know what was on-hand in their favorite stores before walking into them (if they had not checked online beforehand), and hospital equipment would be able to notify technicians when calibration was needed.
At this time, Cisco is working with dozens of utility companies to deploy smart meters supporting Internet Protocol. Today, there are over 2 billion smart meters in use using over 135 different protocols. The company also invested in Cohda Wireless, a company pivotal in the creating of boards supporting the infrastructure to connect cars to each other and the Internet. This technology would prove very helpful in large metropolitan areas to aid in traffic prediction, smoothing, and accident prevention.
No one really thought when we watched the Jetsons years ago, we would have flying autos by now. Of course, we don’t, but I believe we are getting close. If you watched some of the old sci-fi movies or television shows way back when, the characters held what seemed to be small computers which could give them almost any type of information. That science fiction is now science fact so who knows how long it will be before we have the flying automobile? Here are a few pics of past cars mixed with a few future auto ideas that may spark your curiosity and bring back memories.
Technology has changed so much of our lives that it is hard to make a living without it. Even a simple activity like jogging is not immune from the tangles of technology. Devices that monitor the amount of miles run, calories burned, and speed are standard equipment for today’s runners. This is a small example of the many ways we use these tools to assist us in our lives. But, have these strides helped or hindered us from being reaching our true potential? Thinking is no longer necessary. There is no need to learn a foreign language when it is much easier to use an iPhone language app which automatically converts English to Spanish, German, Italian, etc. Is all of this progress making us brilliantly smarter or lazy underachievers?
With all of this in mind, it makes you think of the type of person you may want to work for you: the teenager who can code virtually anything but may take forever to do it, or the kid who can code anything, but lives in a pig stye? There is also the person who has many ideas but spins out of control before completing any of them. There have been many studies conducted about human behavior, but this case points to two types of people ranging between intelligent to less intelligent (we’ll keep it politically correct), and diligent to lazy. We have seen many of these types manifested in our children or friends’ behaviors: the intelligent and physically energetic worker and the brilliant but physically lazy worker. Those who are bright and energetic may be obsessed with perfection and micromanagement and although they can be excellent workers, sometimes can not finish a project because they think TOO much. Then there are the bright but physically lazy individuals. These folks are smart enough to see what needs to be done but will find the easiest way to achieve that goal. These are the people who know how to re-use code, outsource when necessary, and use whatever means necessary to efficiently get a job done with the least amount of effort (such as the aforementioned language apps). Although I do not agree with cutting corners, I do believe there is always an easier way of doing things. There will always be someone who will find the easier way and leverage it to their advantage. Which type are you and what type of programmer would you hire?
Insight: Apple and Samsung, frenemies for life (via mydailyservices)
A fine read, liked by many, in this new article you’ll find useful information. SAN FRANCISCO/SEOUL (Reuters) – It was the late Steve Jobs’ worst nightmare. A powerful Asian manufacturer, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, uses Google Inc’s Android software to create smartphones and tablets that closely…
The app-driven life: How smartphone apps are changing our lives (via The Christian Science Monitor)
“There’s an app for that” is more than just Apple’s marketing mantra. Apps have become an American lifestyle. “I’m using my phone when I’m sleeping,” says Amanda Soloway. Every night, Ms. Soloway turns on an iPhone application called Sleep Cycle and tucks her smart phone into bed with her. The app…
After observing all of the incredible business news occurring this week (Apple earnings slip while Samsung’s surge) it is easy to get wrapped up in all the hoopla and trends of the day and forget about some of the little things. I overheard a conversation between two, obviously well paid, technicians discussing new career moves they will be trying to make this year. One of them talked about moving up into management because the money was better. The other talked about a different path: teaching. His colleague laughed. She told him “you’ll never make anything as a teacher. You’re very talented and can move on to create a lot of great projects while making a lot of money.” I didn’t hear the end of the conversation, but this brought to mind what people REALLY make. Most people judge themselves and others by titles, clothing, the type of cars they drive, and how much money they make.
The technician mentioned above who decided to go into teaching should have told his colleague “I make a difference.” No matter what level of teaching anyone decides to go into (elementary, high school, college, etc.) they will ultimately be judged by how they were able to teach their students. Teachers MAKE their students wonder about new topics and ideas. They MAKE that student struggling in Geometry see the use of the Pythagorean theorem. They MAKE young students put away their iPods and read poetry, American literature, and study computer science. They MAKE the most boring topics enjoyable to even the most closed minds. The amount good teachers MAKE adds up to more than any monetary figure. So, when you hear that U.S. education is falling behind the rest of the world in science, math, reading, etc., don’t blame the teachers. Volunteer, mentor, and help them to keep making a difference and you’ll find that what you MAKE is a little more satisfying.
A Year After SOPA, A Look At The Next Five Battles For Internet Freedom (via EFF)
One year ago today, Internet users of all ages, races, and political stripes participated in the largest protest in Internet history, flooding Congress with millions of emails and phone calls to demand they drop the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—a dangerous bill that would have allowed corporations…