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Web 2.0 Summit 08: Bob Sutor (IBM), High Order Bit

Web 2.0 Summit 08: Bob Sutor (IBM), High Order Bit

  • The world is smaller and flatter, but is it smarter?
  • The news reveals that we are now at an 'inflection point'. Are we going to decline or are we going to keep growing?
  • We need big changes now, particularly around the IT industry around the world.
  • It will take partnerships.
  • The system itself has to be smart and intelligent.
  • We have powerful technologies, instrumentation and 'nerves' in our system and processing power.
  • The good news is that with RFIDs we are moving towards 30 Billion tags in 3 years. In 2011 we will have 1 billion connected devices. In 2010 we will have 1 Billion transistors for each human.
  • The IBM Roadrunner broke the Peta Flop barrier (1 thousand trillion calculations per second.
  • The question is what do we do with all this?
  • The amount of connectivity and processing power far exceeds the good things we are doing with them.
  • Are we putting them to good use?
  • There is risk in home mortgages, insurance, investments etc. We try to spread the risk around but we should be understanding, tracking and managing the risk.
  • Are we using power optimally? We are loosing some power while sending it to every device
  • Traffic: In the US traffic congestion costs 78 Billion annually including both gasoline and productivity.
  • Supply Chains: 40 Billion is lost on inefficient supply chains.
  • We have a convergence between the concrete infrastructure and the IT infrastructure.
  • This means from full potential to being intelligent.
  • Some progress was made in Stockholm in making transportation better.
  • Similar projects are in the works in England and Singapore.
  • In Germany, RFID is used to keep track of meat in supermarkets and prevent the spread of mad cow disease.
  • We have complicated systems to be more efficient.
  • Rivers like the Hudson are monitored with sensors to check pollution.
  • Solar power has to be attacked from 3 directions:
  1. Try to maginfy solar power without melting equipment
  2. Solar cells: 100 times thinner and can be almost painted on laptops
  • The world needs big bets: Public/private partnerships
  • Good time politically for these changes
  • New types of collaborative, cooperative leaders
  • We must deal with privacy and security at the same time.
  • Use open source and standards.
IBM is operating in startup stealth mode. It will continue to make the planet smarter, says Sutor.

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